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Forgiveness Is a Wonderful Thing!

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Life ChangeForgiveness is a wonderful thing! I love to play golf – golf just doesn’t always love me. In golf – some players take mulligans (sort of like a do over). It is not something you’re supposed to assume – it is something your playing partner might offer. Normally – when there wasn’t time to warm up – someone might say – mulligans on the first tee – which means you can take a second tee shot if your first one is a bad shot – a duffer. Of course – when you take a mulligan – you have to play it – even if your mulligan shot is worse than your original shot! Golf is complicated when you add mulligans – lol.

Forgiveness is a wonderful thing! Do overs in life can be a help too – like when you have said or done something you shouldn’t have and want to make amends. Saying you are sorry often helps – but making corrections to what you said or did goes beyond simply words. Oh how I wish I had some do overs in life.

Forgiveness is a wonderful thing! I did a reading plan recently on forgiveness. I urge our readers to get into a regular habit of reading the Word of God. Like I said Sunday in the sermon – knowing what we believe is important – but knowing our source is also important. Knowing why we believe what we believe and where we learned it is important. Continue reading

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Forgiveness Is A Wonderful Thing!

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

IMG_0301In golf – some players take mulligans (sort of like a do over). It is not something you’re supposed to assume – it is something your playing partner might offer. Normally – when there wasn’t time to warm up – someone might say – mulligans on the first tee – which means you can take a second tee shot if your first one is a duffer. Of course – when you take a mulligan – you have to play it – even if your mulligan shot is worse than your original shot!

Do overs in life can be a help too – like when you have said or done something you shouldn’t have and want to make amends. Saying you were sorry often helps – but making corrections to what you said or did goes beyond simply words. Oh how I wish I had some do overs in life.

Forgiveness is a wonderful thing! I did a reading plan recently on forgiveness. I started a new one this week – you can read along here. I urge our readers to get into a regular habit of reading the Word of God. Continue reading

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Just Say No To Negative Talk

Ephesians 4:31

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Several times on this blog I have mentioned how destructive the tongue can be in relationships.  Gossip, slander, evil talk and speaking ill of others is destructive and can do NO good.  In the workplace it can take the focus off of the purpose of the firm – and place it on backbiting and trying to one-up someone else.  It can kill productivity as people try to stay up with the latest gossip about a co-worker.

Today’s passage says: get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  That is such sound advice.  It would help all our relationships if we only spoke well of each other.  What is that old saying: if you can’t say something good about someone – don’t say anything at all.

As Christians – we should be especially aware of what we say to and about others.  Paul was writing to the Christians in Ephesus when he wrote: Ephesians 4:29-32 – 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

The next time someone comes into your office – greets you at the water cooler – or meets you in the parking lot – and they begin with gossip and negative talk about a co-worker or someone else – tell them you aren’t going to listen and walk away (or ask them to leave your office).  Saying nothing – and listening – gives those who speak ill of others a platform.  When we remain silent – they will take that as approval and keep at it.

And if you are the one with the negative talk – ask yourself – what would Jesus do?  I cannot imagine Jesus tearing someone down with words – speaking ill of someone – can you?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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