This morning Cautious and I had an interesting conversation about forgiveness and a kid who is often unkind at school. Five of his six classes are shared with this young man, and daily, his heart is challenged to forgive. Cautious is a serious rule follower, and he is very disturbed by the number of disruptions caused each day by this boy’s behavior. We spoke of my favorite strategy, to pray for those who persecute (or perturb), and ask to see one another through God’s eyes. Soon, his sweet demeanor returned, as he realized that he too, has been forgiven much, and is blessed with love and support that surrounds him.
We cannot do anything to be more deserving of God’s grace than another. It is not earned by being good enough. However, when we recognize just how great the gift truly is, we cannot help but be compelled to give as we have been given. The magnitude of God’s mercy extended to all who believe, is beyond what one heart can hold. Not only does He withhold the punishment that is due – death; but He gives far beyond what we could ever hope for on our own, as He took our place on the cross so that we could spend eternity with Him.
“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” – (Romans 4:7-8)
Mercy withholds His judgment net.
Love extends His kindnesses still.
Faithfulness with hope He will fill.
Peace because His mercy shall reign.
Praise to Him who removes our stains.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we do not deserve it, You forgive us and love us as we are. Thank You that when we ask, You remove our sin and shame, and no longer count it against us. Lord, we need Your grace and strength to do the same to others, as on our own, we fail miserably. We know that we must forgive as we are forgiven. Please forgive us for any unforgiveness we are holding, or any bitterness that may linger. Cleanse us from our unrighteousness, and help us to see others through Your eyes, so that we may extend Your love, grace and mercy to all. May many come to know You, as they see You in our ability to forgive and extend the very same grace that has been given to us. Be glorified as we offer all that we are, unto You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
American Minute By Bill Federer
His death went unnoticed, as he died the same day John F. Kennedy was shot.His books are some of the most widely read in English literature, with over 200 million sold worldwide and, nearly 50 years after his death, continue to sell a million copies a year.
His name was Clive Staples Lewis, born NOVEMBER 29, 1898.
An agnostic, he became a professor at Oxford and Cambridge.
C.S. Lewis stated (The Oxford Socratic Club, 1944. pp. 154-165):
If minds are wholly dependent on brains, and brains on bio-chemistry, and bio-chemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of atoms,
I cannot understand how the thought of those minds should have any more significance than the sound of the wind in the trees.”
In Mere Christianity, 1952, C.S. Lewis wrote:
“All that we call human history – money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.
You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
“The safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
C.S. Lewis wrote:
“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.'”
“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”
“Christianity…is a religion you could not have guessed…It is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.”
In Mere Christianity, 1952, C.S. Lewis wrote:
“The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became not only a man but (before that) a baby, and before that a fetus in a woman’s body.”
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“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48 KJV
When we give thanks this Thanksgiving, we should take time to consider if we are giving as much as we are receiving and what we can do better. We need to review our abundance and look for opportunities to share. The most important thing that we can do is make sure that we do not pass up any opportunity to share God. Whether it is monetary, or with the message we send, or if it is simply with our actions in how we celebrate the day. For in everything we do, we are the face of God that people see, if they see our own thanksgiving, they can have a better understanding of God.
King James Version (KJV)
100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.