When the road seems to go on with no end in sight. Rejoice for God is near and joy is in the journey. Be glad for God holds you, keep going by His might.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
How do I make worship of You fresh and meaningful? How do I make my praise filled with vibrance and zest? How do I make prayer life changing? How do I make Your word jump off the page? I can’t do this.
I come and fall before You in humility for my barren spirit. You have said a broken and contrite heart you will not turn away. Lord, let Your Spirit move and transform me. Even if it is the thousandth time. You can do this. I know You want to do this. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.
You hem me in—behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. Psalm 139:6
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:39-50
You can’t see others as God sees them unless you forgive.
You can’t see yourself as God sees you unless you forgive.
You won’t be able to forgive yourself unless you forgive others.
You can’t love others as God loves unless you forgive.
You can’t love yourself as God loves you unless you forgive.
You won’t know how much God loves you unless you forgive.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
We are to forgive as we’ve been forgiven.
We are to love as we have been loved.
Love and forgiveness are intertwined.