Do Yourself a Favor

As we hold on to grudges
and resentment,
they have a way of gaining control over our lives.
They also grow out of proportion.
Resentment can materialize in many ways;
physically and emotionally making us sick.
 
It can cut off communication and isolate us
from family and friends.
 
The Message
Don’t be quick to fly off the handle.
Anger boomerangs.
 
NLT
Stop being angry.
Turn from your rage.
Do not lose your temper-
it only leads to harm.
 
Do yourself a favor!
Forgive!
 
Let go of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.
 
Do this for yourself.
It may seem impossible, but nothing is impossible for God.
 
NLT
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander,
as well as all types of evil behavior.
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
God demonstrated His great love for toward us by sending Christ
to die for us even while we were still sinners.
Put away all your anger, resentment and bitterness
and love one another just as God did for us.

Willing

Jesus once told a leper “I am willing”.
Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.
“I am willing,” He said.
“Be clean!”
Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
 
Lepers were outcasts of society.
They lived separately and no one touched them.
Yet Jesus was willing to reach out, touch the man and heal him.
 
Jesus was willing to heal a blind man on the Sabbath.
John 9
He was willing to speak with the woman at the well.
Even though she was a Samaritan and Jewish people were not to
have any contact with them.  Yet Jesus was willing.
 
Jesus was willing to sit with thieves, beggars, tax collectors and sinners.
Jesus was willing to hang on a cross. 
 
How many of us are willing to follow in Jesus’s example?
How many of us will love the unlovable, talk to the homeless,
forgive those who have sinned against us, or help
those who are in need.
 
I am willing!
 
Are you?

Do Yourself A Favor

As we hold on to grudges and resentment
they tend to gain control over our lives.
 
Also, they grow out of proportion.
Resentment can materialize physically and emotionally.
Resentment makes us ill.
 
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
do not fret, it only causes harm.
 
Don’t be quick to fly off the handle
Anger boomerangs.
You can spot a fool by the lumps on his head.
 
Resentment leads to communication being cut off
and isolation from others.
 
Do yourself a favor and forgive.
Let go of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.
 
Do this for yourself.
 
It may seem impossible, but nothing is impossible for God.
 
For with God, nothing will be impossible.
 
But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.
 
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:31-32 to put away
all bitterness, wrath, and anger.
 
Forgive just as our Father God forgave us.

 

The Cup….

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Matthew 26:27-28 Then He took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it all of you.  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

The cup is symbolic of a new and better covenant. It is based on better promises and assured by the blood of Jesus.  It represents the remission of sins.  So completely forgiven is sin that they are remembered no more.  Hebrews 9:15-22

Jesus, being the Mediator, stands in the gap between God and man. 

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The definition of mediate: to bring accord out of action, to reconcile differences, to intervene to bring about reconciliation, and to settle differences.

By the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice, our accounts before God have been settled once for all.  We have been pardoned completely.  We can come boldly before the throne without guilt or fear of rejection.

Hebrews 10:19-22 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blook of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from and evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

When God looks at us, all He sees is Jesus. 

East from West

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Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
 
How far is the east from the west?  If we start out traveling in one direction going east will we eventually meet up with the west?  No!   It’s impossible.  When traveling east, no matter how hard you try; you will never get to the west.  It doesn’t matter if the world is round or flat.
 
This is what Jesus has done for us.  Through His sacrifice, He has removed our sin so far it’s as if our sin was nonexistent.
 
Isaiah 43:25 says “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers them no more.”
 
Such amazing compassion God in heaven has for us that sin is removed and we are justified by faith just as if we never sinned.  It’s not because we deserve it but because He loves us!