Faith Fitness and Laughter

Reconciliation

Hello my sweet friends! 

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Today I wanted to talk about what has been on my heart lately. 

Reconciliation

It’s such a beautiful word isn’t it? 

 

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Colossians 1:19-23

 

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How does a believer respond to being hurt, rejected, offended and abused?

Every reconciliation, requires the death of someone else.  The one who is offended takes the first step. 

The one who is offended takes the initiative and must choose to die to self.  Self desire.  Self ambition.  Selfish ways. 

The one who is wronged has to be willing to suffer criticism, blame, accusations, rejection and ridicule. 

Change of attitude must occur.

We must reach out in forgiving love to the other person.

 

We cannot mix light and darkness.

When we have sin in our lives, we are trying to mix the two.  By tolerating sin, we become miserable and try to work with something that doesn’t fit.  He will not give you peace with sin in your life. 

We can always blame something on someone else but what it comes down to is your relationship with Jesus. 

If we answer the knock at the door, He will come into our lives and completely transform it. 

He will love us like we’ve never been loved before.

He’ll change us.

He’ll clean our lives up.

He’ll give us peace.

 

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Have a beautiful day!

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The Act Of

I have been wanting to write this post for some time now, but hadn’t the courage to do so until now.  This past Sunday we talked about the act of forgiving in class.  Granted it was grade school age that was discussing it, but I digress. 

Forgiving someone, or even the act of forgiving yourself, is a deliberate decision that you make.  It takes action and thought. 

 

Forgive:

To grant pardon for or remission of an offense.

To give up all claim on account of

To grant pardon to a person

To cease to feel resentment against

To cancel an indebtedness 

To cease to blame

 

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I have been reading this book by Joanna Weaver called; Having a Mary Spirit and I wanted to share some of the things that have stuck out to me….

 

 

  • Every single one of us will be hurt.  It’s a fact of life.  Live around people long enough, and you’ll be disappointed.  You will be ignored and forgotten.  Your needs will be disregarded and your feelings trampled upon.  You will be slandered and betrayed—sometimes innocently, sometimes on purpose.  And not because you are overly deserving of pain, but simply because you are a human living with other humans in an imperfect world.  Because ever since the Fall, these three things have been true:  Life is unfair.  People will hurt us and let us down.  We won’t always understand why.
  • Why are we given such unequivocal orders to forgive?  Surely it has something to do with the way un-forgiveness works in our lives.  Refusing to forgive people is like setting ourselves up as God over their lives.  We take the role of judge, jury, and executioner.  After a brief trial—one-sided, of course—we march them down to the dark cavers of our hearts and lock them in the dungeon of our resentment.  We slam the door shut and rattle it for good measure so they know just how imprisoned they are.  Then we clip the key to our belt, pull up a chair, and settle in for a long, long wait.  For you see, it is impossible to keep people jailed in un-forgiveness without being enslaved to it ourselves. 
  • The sad part about all of this, of course, is that most of the people who’ve cause us pain are completely oblivious to the fact that they are imprisoned.  They may never feel one lash of our inquisitor whip of lose any sleep tossing and turning on the straw mat we’ve laid for them on the cold, concrete floor of our heart.  They won’t grow weak and pale from the constant diet of angry gruel and bitter mush.  But there’s a good chance we will.
  • The spiritual and emotional fallout of un-forgiveness can be just as damaging.  On the outside we appear to live and move and ever grow, but inside we’re like the needle on an old record player, stuck in the deep groove of the injustice done to us.  Repeating the same story to anyone who’ll listen.  Playing the same sad song for ourselves over and over again, year after year.
  • That’s where the “bitter root” begins to grow.  The longer we let the situation go unresolved, the bigger and stronger the offense grows.  And though is still available to us for reconciliation, it may become harder and harder to access.
  • If we let it, it can choke our our joy and peace as well as the life Christ came to give.  (speaking of being bitter)
  • Get rid of the scripts we’ve written in our minds—the screenplays where people who have hurt us finally come to their senses, drop to their knees, and beg for forgiveness.  Rather than healing a relationship, such scripts usually end in disappointment, which causes an even bigger rift.
  • Because it is only as we let go of the resentment that bind us that things begin to change.
  • We don’t always have control over the recollections that arise in our minds.  But we do have control over whether we will dwell on those memories and allow them to grow into a bitter root of lingering resentment.
  • Terrible things happen in this life.  Good people do mean things.  Not-so good people do even worse.  Life is hard, and we don’t get to choose what will and won’t happen to us. 

 

 

 

  • Our heavenly Father can handle our feelings even when we can’t.  And while He may not explain Himself or satisfy as to why hurtful situations happen, I can assure you of this:  His arms are open wide, and He is waiting for you to come back home to Him.  His Holy Spirit stands ready to comfort you and show you the way to reconciliation and restoration….with God and with others.

 

I know it’s a lot to read, but I’ve come to realize that after reading some of these things, they really resonate with me.  And, that I could be struggling with a few of them.  Lately, there are times where I feel like my life has been one big band aide.  When I see a leak, I just throw a band aide on there and when it’s time to change them out I just simply throw another one on there.  I have a sense of no direction in my life right now.  I have work, home and even church but no real direction of what I want to do.  I try to chase away my thoughts with short road trips, hikes and drives for coffee, but then my focus is shaken by a small event and I am right back to square one.  Frankly, it kind of pi$$es me off some.  Maybe I am getting to a point where I’ve had enough and it might just be time for action.  It might be time to forgive and move on.  Forgive hurts that were done a very long time ago that I believe are keeping me from truly being happy and joyful. 

 

 

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It’s been a very long work week.  All week my brain has been on go…. not able to switch off and stop for a minute.  Even when I got to lunch, I’m not able to stop it from rolling.  I’m not thinking about anything in particular, it just keeps going! 

Tomorrow I am going for a hike so I am hoping I will be able to stop and just enjoy nature. 

 

Happy Friday my friends Smile

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