Thought For The Day 08/6/13

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 Forgiveness 

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“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Lewis B. Smedes

http://thinkexist.com/quotations/forgiveness/

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If there is one thing that we as adults must teach to children, it is the importance to forgive. And it’s really a shame that we have to! Not because we should not forgive but because our little ones are natural “forgivers” since children are born with an innate capacity to forgive simply because they live in the moment. You see, it is not until we grow and experience all of the things life hands us, both good as well as bad, that we understand that there are consequences for our actions and the behaviors we engage in. Which reminds me of a “Ha Ha” I once heard!

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One day a mother heard her seven-year-old son screaming. She ran into the next room to see what was wrong, and discovered her two-year-old daughter was pulling the hair of her brother. Finally disentangling the tiny fingers and freeing her son from his sister’s iron grip, she explains to the boy that he will have to overlook what his sister did. “You see, she is just a little girl and she does not know what it feels like to have her hair pulled!”

Turning away to go into the other room, suddenly she hears her little girl screaming. Spinning around, she asks her son what happened. He answers his mother, “Now she knows how it feels!”

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We as adults have no such expectations that we can live vicariously and with little concern for how our behavior affects others. You see, we know how it feels! We are sophisticated enough to recognize that human behaviors are much like a row of Domino’s placed on a table. Leave them alone and there they remain….upright, undisturbed, perfect! But do something as simple as slam a door or blow in their direction, and the chain of events for their demise begins. Once one tips over, the others follow, and before we realize what has happened, we are left with a mess on top of the table. But because we DO know what the effect of slamming the door is likely to do to those Domino’s, just as we know what it feels like to have our hair pulled, we will censure our behaviors accordingly. And perhaps that means saying “I’m sorry”, before something bad happens that we can not fix or take back!

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Matthew 6:14-15 NIV reminds us, “14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” We are all human. We are all tempted to behave in ways that are wrong. But when we recognize and admit these weaknesses, we take the first step in forgiving ourselves, and once we do that, it becomes easier to forgive others. The same thing happens when we confess our weaknesses and sins to God. God is a loving and forgiving God.  He alone knows our true hearts. He alone is our judge. And He promises that if we are truly repentant, we will always receive His mercy!

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Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

Amen

Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

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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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