Monday, October 17, 2016

Forgive as you are forgiven

Loving much because I am forgiven much.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

A Sinful Woman Forgiven

36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Himweeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped themwith the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

My most favorite time is my families birthday.  Happy birthday my son.  Instead of celebrating he spent this year working in the hay field and having a roping at the Farm.  He is a joy of my life.  I don't know what his dad would do without him.

Spending time with family and loving it.

We can't be together without talking about Jesus, relationships and life.  I talk to my grandson about marriage, dating, living life and enjoying God and things to beware of.

I remember many years ago I use to have such a smart, underneath my breath, mouth.  Mockery.  Anytime someone would say something, I would have a quick tongue.  I would say cutting remarks. Huff or puff.  Roll my eyes.   I would try to hurt them more and deeper than they hurt me.

Oh I worshiped God and loved my family but my heart was selfish and self centered.  I wanted to look good.  I wanted to be right.  I wanted to win.   An automatic negative response.

We all come into this world centered on ourselves.  Satan has a hold on us.  It is the process of suffering and teaching and lots of love that we begin to think of others more than ourselves.  

Once taken captive of the love of Jesus just as I am.  Coming to a point where wanting Jesus way and the Fathers way more than my selfish way. It is Christ in me.   I know I do not know what is best without asking my Father.  He works in my heart to make me willing.  He does in me what I cannot do.

I see that humidity is the way to defeat evil.  Gods weakest point beats evil, hate, lying, stealing, unclean sex, unforgiveness, habits and addictions that keep us captive. The hardest of hearts that run from Him are brought near into loving submission and surrender.   No matter what the struggle the victory has been won.   The story has been written and it cannot be messed up.  Christ won our hearts and we are His warrior.  The confidence of living in the already finished and the love of the Father is the assurance we need to keep the faith in the most difficult situations.

During these years of mental disorder I have been able to relate to every person in the bible.  Their sin I could see in my heart.  It has been a real struggle to move out of focusing on my sin and realizing the love of God for me.  Now when I see my sin, I praise God for Jesus and praise Him for the cross.  I fold up in the loving arms of my Father and rest, forgiven.

When Christ died on the cross He defeated evil and paid the price for our sin.  We are declared righteous with the inputed righteousness of Christ.  So when the Father looks at us He does not see our sin but the beauty of Jesus.  Holy, righteous.  Living out of this righteousness and claiming it.  Existing in the presence, acceptance, and love of God.

So we begin to see beauty in all of creation and those you know and love.  You see that building others up and encouraging them is the way to change.  Love triumphs wrong.  So you are determined to love others to the arms of Jesus.  For them to see the beauty in themselves and the wonder of Jesus and the gospel in them.  It is through death that there is life.  Our words bring death or life.  Our works are predestined for kingdom building before time.

So be brave and do good.  Humble yourself before your God and others so the glory of God may shine through.