December 17 / Proverbs 17 / John 10

Proverbs 17:9

Whoever forgives someone’s sin makes a friend, but gossiping about the sin breaks up friendships.
Forgiveness is a requirement in the Kingdom of God. If you are harboring unforgiveness, bitterness, animosity, you are not living in the Kingdom.
Plain & simple. The kingdom is big, yet has no room for this toxic occupier.
Jesus emphasized the importance of forgiving. There is great & true power in forgiveness. Talking about someone’s wrongs only spreads poison [not the band, thank God]. He said the way we forgive is how we will be forgiven.
Since we are to love others as much as ourselves, I wonder if this may include forgiving of self. This is the hardest person to forgive for many.
We have a magnet on our fridge with this quote by Emerson that inspires & reminds me of this everyday >>>
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

John 10:9-10
With Jesus, we are ultimately safe. In Him we have the life of the coming age. This is our comfort, knowing we are eternally in His hands & no irredeemable harm can possibly come to us.
With our new kingdom vision, our sight transcends this temporary world into eternity with God. Immanuel. We see this here & now for what it is within the meta-narrative of our life with God.
It is said that all masters see problems merely as opportunities for growth. Inconveniences are seen from the context that God is with us and we are OK.
Perhaps we are annoyed, but that even more & more quickly dissipates as we recognize that our annoyance only arises out of non-kingdom selfish thinking. Then, with this awareness, we can look clearly into the “inconvenient” situation to see & hear
YHWH & what He has for us to grow us. And we realize “He is loving me even now in this”, and if I let go & surrender to Him, I can have peace and experience the growth He desires to happen right now in any situation.
“I came so that they could have life-yes, life that is full to overflowing.”



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