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An Attitude of Forgiveness and Love

Have you had someone do something to you that seemed unforgivable? Has someone said “I’m sorry” repeatedly but turned around and hurt you again and now you just can’t forgive them? Well, when I read through the Bible, I see how mankind has repeatedly done things to God which seem unforgivable. I’ve read how people have said “I’m sorry” or “I’ve sinned” and have seemingly repented, but turn right around and do the same thing over and over again…..Yet……God has forgiven us. His attitude is to Forgive…..Because His Attitude is to LOVE.

Can you imagine, for a moment, Jesus hanging on an old rugged cross…..for us….for our sins? Can you imagine for a moment, God, looking down on His Son hanging there, on our behalf…..all because of His Attitude of Forgiveness and Love. Imagine for a moment, that God, knowing all things, knew that mankind would repeatedly sin against Him, but HE chose to forgive and to love us.

I know for a fact that I have rebelled, disobeyed, said I was sorry numerous times and went back and did the same thing I said I was sorry for, yet God forgave me and loved me. Oh that I would take on His Attitude of Forgiveness and Love. Oh That I would be like HIM.

Forgiveness is a powerful tool. We can take a lesson from God and choose to forgive and choose to love.

What Did Yahshua/Jesus Teach? (Part 2) FORGIVENESS ~ Are We Living It?

What Did Yahshua/Jesus Teach? (Part 2) FORGIVENESS ~ Are We Living It?
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  • Matthew 18:21-22
    Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (NIV)
  • Luke 6:37 
    Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (NIV)
  • Matthew 6:14-16
    For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)
  • Mark 11:25
    And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. 

Forgiveness

This evening, my husband taught on Unforgiveness, The Unforgivable Sin. He broke down the fact that we need to forgive and as we forgive, we free ourselves. He reminded us that if we don’t forgive, our Heavenly Father won’t forgive us. I need GOD’s forgiveness so I want to forgive EVERYBODY who has done me wrong and I hope all those whom I have done wrong can and will forgive me.

When we hold on to unforgiveness, it’s like drinking poison. It brings on all types of problems that we don’t need.

Forgiveness is of GOD and forgiveness is good.

GOD HAS FORGIVEN YOU and is NO LONGER HOLDING IT AGAINST YOU!

Have you been feeling like GOD won’t forgive you? Do you feel like you messed up so badly that GOD just won’t forgive you? Well, GOD is a forgiving GOD. HE knows that we are dust and that we do things that are wrong, sometimes. I encourage you to trust GOD and HIS FORGIVENESS. All you have to do is ask HIM to forgive you, mean it, and then don’t do that thing again.
See, it is the job of the enemy to make you think that GOD is so mad at you that HE won’t or somehow can’t forgive you. You cheated on your spouse? If you are truly sorry about it, and asked GOD to forgive you, HE HAS. HE no longer is holding it against you.
Stole something that didn’t belong to you and think GOD won’t forgive you? If you have asked GOD to forgive you, and mean it, HE HAS and no longer holding it against you.

Maybe you weren’t a good parent to your child/children. Maybe you weren’t a good child. Were you on drugs? Selling your body for money or drugs? Did you murder someone? Hurt someone that caused them much physical and/or mental pain? If you are truly sorry and have asked GOD to forgive you, HE HAS and HE IS NO LONGER HOLDING IT AGAINST YOU.

Don’t allow the enemy continue to make you feel guilty about something you have done. GOD is not the one making you feel guilty. Once HE has forgiven you, it’s done.

So, cheer up! GOD loves you! Oh yes HE DOES. HE proved it by sending HIS Son to take our penalty of sin. Now THAT’S forgiveness and that’s love.

Now, since you know that GOD forgives and HAS ALREADY FORGIVEN YOU, stop beating up yourself; stop allowing the devil to beat you up; stop allowing others to beat you up and walk in the forgiveness of GOD. AMEN.

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#repentance
#Love
#GOD
#peace

 

Gone Too Soon: The Trial of My Nephew’s Murderer.

Today, I am scheduled to attend a trial for the man who killed my nephew. After so much in the media about the George Zimmerman trial and his acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin, I wonder what will be the outcome for this murderer.

My nephew was 26 when he was murdered. Why did that guy kill him? Because my nephew wouldn’t move off of the step at a gentleman’s club. He had every right to stand there but the off-duty bouncer felt the need to flex his “power” and come at my nephew’s neck, literally. That off-duty bouncer shot my nephew point blank in his throat! See. my nephew was no punk. He was afraid of nobody and all who knew him knew that. He wasn’t mean. He wasn’t a “thug”. He just didn’t take people’s mess. 

In this day and age, it’s better to walk away from foolishness because people don’t fight fair. When I was growing up, it was a real tragedy when we heard that someone was killed by a gun. Why? Because back then, people mostly fought with fists. We called them “fair ones”. We’d say, “Can’t get along, get a fair one going”. That simply meant that the opponents would fight, but not with weapons. Today, however, the gun is the weapon of choice. That seems to be what people use to show how powerful they are. To me, it’s the way of the coward.

So today, I re-mourn the death of my nephew. The memories of his motionless body overtake my thoughts as I prepare to see the person who thought it was his duty to take my nephew’s life. I don’t know how I will feel seeing this man today, but I prayed that GOD forgive him and that this horrible crime will bring him to repentance and to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

I feel sorry for my sister who will have to see her child’s murderer face to face. I remember how hard it was for her to lose her second child within 7 months of losing the first (due to medical problems). I shudder when I remember her cries as she stood at the casket of her murdered son. I remember that same son as, 7 months prior to his own death, he stood at the casket of his sister, wondering why she had passed away. They were close. He stood at her casket talking to her, telling her how much he missed her. I remember how, after the funeral, he could hardly tear himself away. He would lean into her casket and cry and ask why. His mother, my sister, was in agony as she watched her youngest lay lifeless and her oldest trying to figure out why his sister had to die. 

What makes my memories of my nephew grieving for his sister, my niece, is the memory of a man at the funeral begging my nephew to give his life to GOD. Again, my nephew wasn’t a bad guy. He was well loved by his peers. He had three children and another one on the way (she was born the day before my nephew died. He never got a chance to meet her). My nephew was a playa, though. Yes. The ladies loved him. He was handsome and just had a way about him that drew the ladies to him. He was handsome and had eyes that were hypnotizing. He smoked weed and drank his alcohol but he wasn’t a gang banger. He wasn’t out there killing people. He was a playa. He frequented gentleman’s clubs. He liked what he liked. He wasn’t born again. He lived his life the way he did, but that was no cause for anybody to take it upon themselves to kill him. But getting back to the guy at the funeral. He begged my nephew to give his life to GOD. He told him that GOD wanted him to surrender his life to HIM. This man told my nephew that he saw something bad about to happen to him and he begged him to stop what he was doing and to come to salvation. We all sat there and gasped. Some thought the man was out of order. I didn’t. I knew he wouldn’t live a long life. I knew he would be killed because there were guys who, because of my nephew’s popularity throughout West Philly, were jealous and considered my nephew a threat.

I don’t know all that my nephew did in his life. I do know he was a good person. I know he loved his mom and his sister. I know that he loved his children and lots of people who came in contact with him, loved him. He was a genuine funny guy. He could make you laugh and his comedic talent was natural. Gone too soon. 

I miss my nephew. I regret that he is gone. Let’s see what today’s trial will bring out.

Looking

I’m walking and I looking up to the skies and think for a moment “What if this JESUS coming back stuff is real”. Then before I could finish the thought, I found myself looking at my jeans which just got splashed with muddy water as a car hastily make it’s way past me. After the initial shock of now being wet in 27 degree weather, I find myself looking for a store where I can purchase a pair of inexpensive jeans to replace these!

As I’m looking though the racks, I find nothing appealing. I look and look until alas, I find the perfect pair of jeans for me. With glee, I look for the dressing room so that I may try them on. Finally, an associate who was familiar with the “look“, escorted me to the dressing room and as expected, they fit perfectly. There were three mirrors in the fitting room and I looked at myself through each one, quietly pointing out some bodily flaw that I had promised to fix over the years, but simply never got around to fixing. Who cares anyway? I mean, no man is looking at ME“. I don’t fit the mold of sexy. The most looks I get are from myself or from my cat and only from my cat when he is hungry or thirsty.

So I leave the fitting room with my new pair of jeans on and I head towards the counter to pay or them, and when I get there, I found myself looking at a man, who, if I were to believe artists’ renditions of what JESUS looks like, then I was looking right at HIM and HE at me.

As we stood there, silently observing one another, my heart began to beat faster and faster as my mind led me to believe that I was standing in the presence of JESUS.  I began looking back over my life to see if I had righted all wrongs, forgave all offenses, asked others to forgive me, and settled any bad debts I may have owed. 

While I was looking back on my past, I heard a voice speak and it said “next in line”. I immediately jumped from looking at my past and panicked because now the angel (really, the cashier) was calling for next in line – THAT WAS ME!!! This was it! I’m about to go to heaven with JESUS. Just as I thought that, the JESUS looking man said, “Miss, is everything ok? You’re looking as if you just saw JESUS!”.

 

Not Made To Be Abused

Abuse is not something GOD made ME for
I am a woman, NOT a mat on the floor.
GOD made ME to help you meet YOUR needs
Not to punch me in the face and knock me to my knees.
I am STRONG yet I am WEAK
And being abused makes my life bleak.
I was made by GOD To walk by YOUR side
Not as a punching bag for you to blacken MY eye.
GOD didn’t give me to you to belittle me and knock me down
GOD gave me to you so I could be your crown.
But since YOU DON’T APPRECIATE THE GIFT I AM to you
I’m packing my bags and I’m leaving you, boo.
Too bad for you, but I’VE LEARNED MY WORTH
I WAS your blessing but you treated me like a curse.
So in these bags, I pack all of my clothes
As I am patching up my bloodied nose.
But in THESE bags I leave behind
Anger, Hate and a bitter mind.
I also leave revenge and unforgiveness
Fear and depression and feelings of unworthiness.
Abuse is not something GOD made me for
HE has something BETTER for me as I walk out this door.
Please don’t get another woman to talk down to and hate
Give your life to CHRIST before it’s too late.
HE can heal all of YOUR PAIN you hide
JESUS knows what’s going on deep down inside.
Your dad abused your mom right in front of you
So you grew up thinking that’s the right thing to do.
But you’ve been to church and you’ve read GOD’S WORD
So you really DO know that beating a woman is absurd.
Your daddy beat you when you were a kid
He beat your for anything and everything you did.
He never, ever lad a kind word to give you
In fact, several times he even tried to kill you.
He called you names like sissy and punk
He never knew how your little heart sunk. 
When he beat you he said, “shut up and be a man,
Because one day this is how you’re gonna beat your woMan”.
So you came to our marriage filled with anger and hate
You had a great woman whom you couldn’t appreciate.
So you’re dragging around baggage filled with resentment, anger and hate
Destroying EVERY relationship you attempt to make.
But GOD can heal you if you want to be healed
Just confess your hurt and your pain and your heart, just yield.
GOD can do what no one else can
HE will heal your heart and make you a new man.
GOD will even restore your wife, to you
Because while HE is healing her, HE’s healing you too.
No more abuse
No more shame
You both are healed in JESUS’ NAME.
Go get your wife, go get her now
Make to each other a brand new vow.
Say to each other
“I love you and you love me. We’ll walk with Christ in this new matrimony.
No more baggage, no more trash. We both are healed and free at last”.

Copyright 2012/21/12