Friday, January 1, 2010

Lessons Of Forgiveness

Here it is the first morning of a new decade. What it holds only God knows and that is just as it should be. He set the world in motion...with Him we live and move and have our being.
As for New Years Resolutions, I have none...never do. I try to let the Lord guide my life and take care of my family. BUT one thing I have learned this past year is about forgiveness! You know, when you sit in the seat of the accused, after being misjudged and wrongly accused? And have no clue as to where it is coming from. How this very moment defines you! Do you lash back? No, thankfully I didn't empower others to shape my identity in Christ. I learned a great lesson a few years back from a video of Andy Stanley. Jesus, wasn't defined by His enemies and we didn't deserve forgiveness but Jesus refused to give away His power. Hallelujah!
So, I start out this wonderful New Year, determined to forgive. Why? Because forgiveness, opens wide the door to relationships. And if there is victory to be won, it is through forgiveness. Think about it...what drew you to Jesus in the first place? Yes...FORGIVENESS. God defines one else and for this, I am, ever grateful.

Love to All!


Samantha said...

Wonderful words dear Trish.
I am thankful that I am forgiven.
God is so good.
Happy New Year, hugs and love to you !!

Sara said...

hallelujah, the only power the universe knows is the redemption provided by all all-forgiving savior!

Terry said...

dear trsih,,,i have been forgiven too but i don't think i will ever understand it!
Luke 18:13
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luke 15:20
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

"Why was I made to hear His voice,
And enter while there's room;
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?

'Twas the same love the spread the feast,
That sweetly forced me in;
Else I had still refused to taste,
And perish'd in my sin."

god bless you trish..i am so glad to have you as my terry

Pat said...

A perfect post to start a new year.
Happy New Year to you my sweet sister!

Felisol said...

Dear Trish,
Such a great blessing of letting go of the bitterness and sorrow following not forgiving.
I honestly must say, the Lord's prayer has been a challenge and a blessing to me.
"Forgive me my trespasses as I forgive.." I knew in my heart there were things I hadn't forgotten or forgiven. I actually am not quite finished yet, but I am on my way; cause I pray of a longing heart, "Help me forgive."
In a wonderful unexplainable way that help has gradually been given me.
So I'll walk along with you, Trish, continue trying to forgive by the mercy of the Lord.
From Felisol

Margie said...

WHAT A GREAT POST!!! God is speaking so strongly through you~ thank you so much Aunt Pat for being the vessel in which we hear Christ speak so loudly!

Just Breathe said...

What a beautiful post.

nancygrayce said...

Forgiveness was given freely to cost nothing to give it away! And is so freeing!