My eyes are full of tears and my personal heart is heavy this morning. Someone very close to me has been re-building their relationship with Christ. I will leave names out for their privacy and respect. They have asked for forgiveness and we know he/she has received it.  I am so grateful for their return! They have been a source of encouragement to me! However, recently this person was in contact with someone from their past that they had wronged. The person responded with what I would say was ” a hateful/hurtful heart.” They told them that God/Jesus will never forgive them and that basically their not good enough. Now, I will tell you the person saying these things  is a “christian.” There was a lot more said but I can not reveal that without compromising their privacy.  

 

 I know those reading this blog do not have a full picture of either story so it is hard to understand from any perspective. What I am focusing on this day is FORGIVENESS. I am sad that words of forgiveness were not what was given. I know we all want forgiveness, grace, and mercy! I am also sad for the one whose heart is still hurting. I am sure we have all been there needing forgiveness from others and needing to give it to others! I know I have hurt people myself and I have been hurt myself! However, it is in those moments from both perspectives  we must remember Christ. Jesus forgives all our sins….all, not one or two BUT ALL!!!    Colossians 1:13-17 “13For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,   14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.   15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.   16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.   17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  

 

I am sure there are people out there that might have wronged me and needed forgiveness. I may have thought I did but they do not feel like I have given it to them. For that I hope and pray that I have responded in a Christ like manner. So my post started with where is forgiveness, grace, mercy???!! Friends, it is in the hands of the Father. Matthew 18:11 [“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]   

 

That is what matters! I know we would all love it if every one (including myself) would take on this attitude like Christ and the world would be a better a place. It would be great if we allowed our hands to be like his in those moments. People need to be touched by the Savior and Jesus uses us to give that touch to the hurting. Jesus words are very very powerful! His helpers(us) need to remember our hands are an extension of his hands. I may not be communicating very well this am for that I am sorry. I don’t have the gracefulness of words like most so thank you for bearing with me through this painful time.   

 Blog friends if you do have moment to spare…….would you please leave some words of encouragement for the one I am close to?  I know they will read this post. Thank you so much! I am on my knees!    

 

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