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Forgiveness

 

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Lessons in grace and forgiveness this morning.

That thing that that person did to me that had a negative impact on my day, month, year, maybe even my life was taught to them against their will, or learned as a way to cope, perhaps even a defense mechanism and they don’t know how to unlearn it.

And I am that same person/have been that person to someone else

Mathew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

1 Colossians 3:13-14 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 

Walter Scott 

Does God give me opportunities to forgive and be graceful ? Absolutely

I have to fight to be graceful, understanding, considerate and forgiving because I am surrounded by the opposite. The loss of life saddens me, and the thought of a person imprisoned for life saddens me also. The only way to win in what seems like a lose lose situation is to Love and Forgive.

Sincerely,

Gato Mighty 

Thankful & Content 

The holidays can be less than joyful for me when I dwell on the negative. Because my family situation doesn’t fall in line with the “American Dream” I can become envious and jealous of others. I can easily pout and become selfish when i should be living the opposite. These are a couple of passages that help me during my less than thankful, less than graceful, less than joyful, less than gracious times

 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

 

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

Philippians 4:8‭-‬9‭, ‬11‭-‬13 NIV

 

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Triggered Memories

So I know an artist in Columbia, SC named Cole Connor and he just released his latest album “Soda” this past Tuesday. We have a close mutual friend and the way we all came together is very interesting to me. The opening line to his song “Tarzan” triggered a lot of memories spanning 27 years for me personally. For me, that’s exactly what good lyrics do..they trigger memories. I became a Christian in 2014, and because I constantly read and study the Bible, memories (especially the not so pleasant ones) remind me of what God says about them in the scriptures and how HIS love shines through so bright.

Checkout the song “Tarzan”

So I sent this message to Cole, and I wanted to share it as my first blog post from all of my imaginary readers out there

One thing that good lyrics do for me these days is trigger memories and then trigger scriptures.

I was talking to Fizzle the other day about how us all coming together as a team (from the folks who came together in 1993, then 2003, then 2013) had so much to do with us coming individually from family situations that left us wanting function where there was dysfunction in some form. We all come from families that (dys)functioned outside of the realm of:
Father, Mother, Children all together

It played a major role in the people we were drawn to and our decision making when it came to choosing our friends.

All of those memories were triggered when you said

“I was adopted by a stronger breed, fueled by pride and love, no longer greed”

Then it made me think of a couple scriptures that talk about being adopted by God into His family

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 1:12‭-‬13

And

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
Ephesians 1:4‭-‬5

And

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:13‭-‬16 NIV

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