Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Betrayed, arrested, questioned, falsely accused, deserted by every friend he had, tried (by mock trial) six times, traded for a criminal, lied about, mocked, whipped with a flagrum that tore chunks of skin from his back, beaten, stripped naked, shamed, screamed at, spat on, tormented, carried his 100 lb murder weapon on his back for 650 yards, nailed through the wrists and feet, thorns pierced his head, his Father turned his back on him, he gave up his life.
Yet He forgave all.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14 NKJV)
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25 NKJV)
And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” (Luke 11:4 NKJV)
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21, 22 NKJV)
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37 NKJV)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Love Just One
Pastor Gene recently challenged us with this. Rather than taking on the whole world, why don't we find one person and just love that one person. School is back in session and this is a perfect time to do something fresh. Here are a few thoughts on that topic that might challenge us this week.
Jesus was all about relationships, and it seems he liked relationships with people outside the "church" more than he liked hanging around people inside the "church". I'm not knocking church people, because I am one... but Jesus had a reason when he set this example for us. Why not get involved in your kids schools, play sports in a community league, get to know your neighbors? Pick a few key ministries in the church and do them well, but pick a community service or group outside of church and get involved in it a couple of nights per month. Widen your circle. This will create the opportunity to find and love one person.
Trust me. He or she is out there and they need what you have. How about this- have a get together at your house and get to know your neighbors.
Salt only realizes its purpose if it gets out of the salt box and into the food it needs to season. You can’t influence people that you don’t even know.