Thought For The Day 09/06/12

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Forgiveness

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Life is an adventure in forgiveness. 

Norman Cousins

http://quotegarden.com/forgiveness.html

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Forgiveness. A word that is a whole lot easier to say than it is to do. But do it we must for many reasons….the least of which is that it is a therapeutic mental, emotional and spiritual cleansing of our soul. Letting go of grudges and bitterness allows us to make way for compassion, kindness and peace, which is necessary if we are to become not just content in our interpersonal relationships but also in our spiritual relationship with God. It is, after all, God’s command that we forgive. In Colossians 3:13 (NIV), we are told, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

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Forgiveness is not easy, nor is it accomplished in a single step. It is a conscious decision we must make over and over again throughout our entire lifetime. But we will know when we have succeeded because our hearts will tell us when the oppressive burden it carried is lifted. And amazingly, once it does, we realize that it is we who reap the benefits and the rewards of forgiveness! Lewis B. Smedes explained it beautifully in his book, Forgive and Forget”. Mr Smedes, a Christian author, ethicist, and theologian explains, “When  you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself.”

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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.”

Matthew 18:21-22 NIV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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