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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 14 April 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – FORGIVING

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – FORGIVING

Forgive and forget. We’ve all heard it countless times. And it sounds oh-so-holy, doesn’t it?

 

But the human heart doesn’t let go so easily. And I’m not sure Father God actually intends us to. He forgets, yes. Casts our sin as far as the east is from the west, and remembers them not.

 

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12

 

As the once-trending movie and song says, “Let it go.”

 

“But you don’t know what they did to me.”

“They don’t deserve my forgiveness.”

“I tried. I just can’t.”

 

Oh, but you can.

Like love, forgiveness is a choice. Too often in this life, we let emotions rule us. We wait for that “certain” feeling, and go with it.

 

Father God created those emotions and instilled them in us. But He did not intend them as our GPS for life. Only His Word can guide us; our feeling are to follow our spirit as we walk in His Truth.

 

Several years ago, I was in a Ladies Study group and we were discussing the topic of forgiveness. The points I’ve just made were brought up and discussed, when I piped up with the thought of forgiving… God!

 

Excuse me? Forgive God? You’ve got to be kidding me, right? He’s God, He does no wrong.

 

Ah. But here’s the beauty of forgiveness—it’s not for the one who wronged us; it’s for the one who forgives—us. While forgiveness releases the trespasser into Father’s hands, it also releases the one who was wronged.

 

Chew on that for a minute.

 

I’ve seen a meme floating around social media that likens unforgiveness to poison, drinking it and waiting for the other person to die.

 

But it whittles away at our soul and hardens our heart. It destroys from the inside out.

 

To the natural mind, forgiving someone who has done us wrong goes against the very fiber of our being. It rankles. We fight it and resist.

 

But it we abide in Him as He bids us, when we “let it go,” and forgive, ah! such sweetness, such release, such peace.

 

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9

 

Father can do more when we take our meddling hands off than we ever could. And He does.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who arethe called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

 

When we get out of the way and let Him be, well, God.

 

More than forgive—what? There’s more?

 

Yes.

Bless them.

 

Wait, what?

 

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you… Matthew 5:44

 

Isn’t that the definition of forgiveness? The very epitome of letting go?

 

He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 4:45

 

Besides all that, all the logical explanation and reasoning, Jesus gave us the ultimate example.

 

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  Luke 23:34

 

From the cross. He said this about the people who had just driven spikes into his feet and hands.

 

Forgive them.

 

How can we do any less?

 

Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Forgiving, Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 11:12, Isaiah 55: 8-9, Romans 8:28, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 5:45, Luke 23:34

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 7 April 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

“What’s wrong with me?”

 

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever asked that question. I didn’t word it exactly that way, but in January of 1995 I did pose the premise to Father God. More along the lines of, “Your Word says this, and my life is this. You’re God, so the problem must be in me.”

 

“Sit down,” He said. “This is going to take a while.”

 

Who hasn’t asked that at least once? Where is God? Doesn’t He care? Why doesn’t He do something?

 

He does not step out for some other, more important task. He is never distracted, nor is He ever late.

 

He is, however, God. And His ways are not ours.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9

 

A few weeks ago I mentioned a book I had read, Living the Lord’s Prayer. And in it, the author (whose name escapes me) gives a vivid image of God vs man.

 

 

Pretty simple illustration. But so profound.

 

Basically, we’re not God. He sees and knows things that we cannot begin to understand. And when we have questions, sometimes we have to do the thing that goes against every fiber of our natural being, and accept the unacceptable.

 

Let me be brutally honest. I’ve been in a difficult season. And it has languished for so very long I feel like quitting. Giving up. I can’t, and I won’t. But I feel helpless and frustrated and so damned tired. And not a little bit angry. I’ve fended off depressions trying to creep back over me—I REFUSE to fall back into that abyss.

 

Add to that the waves of fatigue and weakness associated with RA, and the mysterious lack of words to write…

 

Everyone has hard days. God never promised any of us a rose garden. Even in the center of God’s will for your life, it won’t all be easy. Going through valleys is normal, and inevitable. You are either in one now, just got out of one, or will be going back into another one. God is more than the God of the mountain tops; He’s the God of the valleys too!

 

Think about Joseph in the Bible, and Job. These were two men that were righteous and who sought to honor God with their lives! They didn’t do anything wrong, yet they both had to endure hard days, and much suffering. It seemed like their journeys took them through valleys more often than not, but in the end, they came out on the other side!

 

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. Job 23: 10-11

 

The same can be true for you—and me, too. Just because you are going through a hard time doesn’t mean you did something wrong. Hard days and seasons come to all of us.

 

He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good , and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 4:45

 

As a child doesn’t grasp how a parent provides food and toys, neither do we always grasp what Father God is doing. And as ingredients subjected to heat become bread or a cake, we don’t see how it happens. Neither do we always see how Father God manifests His will for us.

 

But know this—He is always working all things for our good. Sometimes, perhaps usually, “behind the scenes,” where we can’t, or don’t, see.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

Not all things in life are from His hand. And while yes, He does bring us to difficult things to test us, I would venture to say that the vast majority of hardships in our lives are by our own hand.

 

But God.

 

He is ever faithful, and takes those very things borne of our own stupidity or ignorance or negligence—or just by being in this world—and brings about His blessing and goodness to us who love Him.

 

That path to the rainbow will be different for each one of us. Betimes, He bids us, “be still,” or “wait,” or “trust Me.” Other times, He shows us what to do, what to say, where to seek help. But only when we pause to hear His voice, for we will only hear Him when we pause to listen.

 

Always, always seek His face. And as we know the sun is behind the clouds on a rainy day, so too, we know Father is there and he has not changed when circumstances cloud our faith.

 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Where is God When Things Go Wrong, Isaiah 55: 8-9, Job 23:10-11, Matthew 5:45, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:20

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 3 March 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHERE IS GOD WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

 

Who hasn’t asked that at least once? Where is God? Doesn’t He care? Why doesn’t He do something?

 

He does not step out for some other, more important task. He is never distracted, nor is He ever late.

 

He is, however, God. And His ways are not ours.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9

 

A few weeks ago I mentioned a book I had read, Living the Lord’s Prayer. And in it, the author (whose name escapes me) gives a vivid image of God vs man.

 

Pretty simple illustration. But so profound.

 

Basically, we’re not God. He sees and knows things that we cannot begin to understand. And when we have questions, sometimes we have to do the thing that goes against every fiber of our natural being, and accept the unacceptable.

 

Let me be brutally honest. I’ve been in a difficult season. And it has languished for so very long I feel like quitting. Giving up. I can’t, and I won’t. But I feel helpless and frustrated and so damned tired. And not a little bit angry. I’ve fended off depressions trying to creep back over me—I REFUSE to fall back into that abyss.

Add to that the waves of fatigue and weakness associated with RA, and the mysterious lack of words to write…

 

Everyone has hard days. God never promised any of us a rose garden. Even in the center of God’s will for your life, it won’t all be easy. Going through valleys is normal, and inevitable. You are either in one now, just got out of one, or are going back into another one. God is more than the God of the mountain tops; He’s the God of the valleys too!

 

Think about Joseph and Job in the Bible. These were two men that were righteous and who sought to honor God with their lives! They didn’t do anything wrong, yet they both had to endure hard days, and much suffering. It seemed like their journeys took them through valleys more often than not, but in the end, they came out on the other side!

 

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. Job 23: 10-11

 

The same can be true for you. Just because you are going through a hard time doesn’t mean you did something wrong. Hard days and seasons come to all of us.

 

He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 4:45

 

As a child doesn’t grasp how a parent provides food and toys, neither do we always grasp what Father God is doing. And as ingredients subjected to heat become bread or a cake, we don’t see how it happens. Neither do we always see how Father God manifests His will for us.

 

But know this—He is always working all things for our good. Sometimes, perhaps usually, “behind the scenes,” where we can’t, or don’t, see.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

Not all things in life are from His hand. And while yes, He does bring us to difficult things to test us, I would venture to say that the vast majority of hardships in our lives are by our own hand.

 

But God.

 

He is ever faithful, and takes those very things borne of our own stupidity or ignorance or negligence, and brings about His blessing and goodness to us who love Him.

 

Always, always seek His face. And as we know the sun is behind the clouds on a rainy day, so too, we know Father is there and he has not changed when circumstances cloud our faith.

 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Where is God When Things Go Wrong, Isaiah 55: 8-9, Job 23:10-11, Matthew 5:45, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:20

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