Colossians 3:12-17 New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS ~
There could be times of life when someone will not forgive you. When you have done everything you can to make peace, then you must make peace within yourself. There is someone I know who said this to me, "I will never forgive you". Those words used to haunt me and there are times that it comes back to my mind. I had to learn to let go and know in my heart, I did my best to fix it. I know it's part of my story now and I have grown so much from it. I read this verse:
Genesis 50:20 New International Version (NIV)
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Forgiveness is a choice by each of us. I have forgiven that person who will not forgive me. You never need to make someone your friend again, but you do need to forgiven them as Christ forgives you. Pressing forward in life is through the grace and mercy of God. Yesterday, I was playing over this situation that happened so many years ago and suddenly, I got a text message from a friend. Laura sent me a text message asking how I was today. It opened a conversation over texting and she sent me scripture of Philippians 4:6-8
Philippians 4:6-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
What a great reminder Philippians 4:6-8 can be. Life does change and we must change for the better. Nothing get accomplished by playing a negative situation over and over in your mind. I hear that song in my head, "LET IT GO". Each of our journeys of life can mold us into better people. Take one day at a time and do your best!
There is a book called, "On The Night You Were Born" by Nancy Tillman. It is such a great book and I got this from a sister friend Darlene. I choose to look at myself as a strong person and one who lives by faith. I have a heart of good intentions but it doesn't always come across that way. One day, I won't be here anymore and I do wonder what people will remember about me. I turned 65 on March 12 and shelter in place happened on March 15th for ages 65 years old. This was 65 days ago and it feels like forever. Our lives will change again as stores begin to open. Yet, through it all, I was born on purpose and so were you. God knew this time would happen and we can grow into stronger people. Don't forget, "YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE" and you are "IMPORTANT". On the night you were born, it all begins to unfold on purpose.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.