Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Cold Sunrise . . .
It was a beautiful Sunrise this morning!
Hosanna lost last night against Bethany – all of the Hosanna teams lost. I didn’t make the game due to being ‘sick’. That nasal throat stuff that has been going around – I got my share. I went through an
entire roll of toilet paper in one day blowing my nose – then your nose gets raw, etc. Today seems to be better so far. It lasted 4 days, and that is with medication.
Check out who's hiding behind moma's cotton tail? He was out of the nestbox early - he was even eating some of the big bunny food. The pellets are so big compared to him that it looks like he is smoking a cigar. They are all really getting curious and venturing in and out of the box.
Here's some Word.
Forgiveness is something that can be given or received. Unfortunately, it can also not be given - and to those it is extended too, it can be ignored. Forgiveness is one of the qualities of God Himself. God offers forgiveness to the repentant soul. Jesus was asked about forgiveness by Peter.
Then Peter came to Him and said,
"Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"
Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you,
up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Wow. That is a lot of forgiveness.
When you forgive someone you release them, it’s almost as if you possess the keys to their freedom from whatever they did and by doing so you open yourself up to God’s forgiveness. Remember what Jesus said when teaching the disciples to pray,
“And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). Forgiveness is what “oils the gears” of families and friends, because nobody knows you like your immediate family. Have you ever noticed how it is easier to forgive a total stranger on the street or in the market for a simple mistake and then not offer the same grace to a member of your own family. I guess some of the petty things are easy to forgive and chalk up to accidents or mistakes. Then there is a deeper level of forgiveness that is required when someone intentionally harms you or someone you love. Just watch the news and you will see some of the most horrible crimes committed – that is truly when ones ability to forgive is tested. Hopefully, one day, forgiveness will not be necessary because people will learn how to act and how to treat each other properly.
Have a great Wednesday. George.