Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 28, 2013

Holding On

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Colossians 3:13. forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye:

We, as sinful beings, like to hold on to our hurts. We keep our grudges against others. We express our hurts and anger in many different ways. This causes stress to our bodies, our emotions, those around us and our relationship with our God. We say the words, “forgive us our debts or trespasses AS we forgive those against us,” say Amen and go on our way holding on to our hurts and anger. We might think to let go of these feelings means the ones who offended us should seek our forgiveness. That condition is not found in scripture. Our forgiveness of others doesn’t hinge on them. The only condition is our choice. We can choose to turn our hurts and anger over to God”s love and move on with Him or carry these in our hearts and mind being in broken relationships both with God and with others. Our question is what are we holding that we need to release?

November 27, 2012

Compassion

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Ephesians 4:32  Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. 

One of our granddaughters was at a large chain store with her family on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  She saw 2 women fighting over a pillow and she called it a pillow fight.  There were also several other fights in that store over things.  This is they way of the worldly.  It is an attitude of mine, for me, get out of my way.  A lot of church members think because they don’t have physical fights they are above reproach.  God says to be kind to one another.  This means in our words as well as our actions.  So many churches explode when members disagree over finances or other things.  What we agree on is Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the only way into God’s family, forgiveness and eternal life.  All else is up for interpretation.  We can love each other and be kind and compassionate and forgiving even when we don’t always agree on finances, ministry or other aspects of church ministry or business.  During holiday times people get tired and become more sensitive.  Let’s keep our sensitivity for the compassion and love for others rather than what we want for ourselves.  God will bless us as we bless others.

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