Started by Pete, September 20, 2010, 09:38:33 pm
Quote from: Pete on October 02, 2010, 03:35:18 pm -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Ephesians 4:26-27 (AMP)When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- There were a couple things God showed me in this scripture. First, God pointed out to me that it says when angry, do not sin. Some other translations say, "Do not sin in your anger". This in itself was a revelation to me. I realized that simply being angry was not a sin. IOW, it was OK for me to be angry about what had happened. But I also realized that the sun had gone down (and come up) many times over on my indignation in particular. I also realized that it is REMARKABLY easy to allow anger to be the catalyst that causes us to sin.
Quote from: DiscipleWhomJesusLoves on June 23, 2011, 11:11:18 pmThis is not directed at anyone, but I'm just speaking in general. It's easy to tell others of the biblical need to forgive, until you are the one suffering the wrong done, and esp if the hurt was caused by those you loved and trusted.As we all know then, it takes the power of God and His deep work in us to enable us to forgive. We simply can't do it in our own strength.When it comes to forgiveness, I'm always reminded of what my pastor taught about the bitter waters of Marah. The waters were only made sweet for the Israelites to drink when Moses threw in a tree as instructed by the Lord.That tree is a shadow or type of the cross. Out bitter situations can only be made sweet when we bring the work of Christ into the picture. We may still remember the events, but the sting will no longer be there.So I guess the only way to be empowered or graced to forgive those who have hurt us deeply is to focus on how much and how perfectly Jesus has forgiven us through the cross. The more we realize how much we have been forgiven, the more we are able to forgive. We forgive because He first forgave.It is also no coincidence that Jesus introduced Himself for the first time as Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals) after He turned the bitter waters sweet. So I believe there is some connection between forgiveness/letting go and the healing of our physical bodies and souls. Blessings,Andrew
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