give and forgive...part 2
April 2, 2007 9:30pm CST
this is a sequel to my previous discussion about giving and forgiving. it is not what people do to us that hurts us. at eh end, it is how we react to what people do to us that hurts us deeply, and even permanently. May we never be give in to the easy lure of hatred, anger, bitterness, cynicism, apathy and despair because we have been wronged. Someone has said, we are like beasts when we kill, like men when we judge, and like God when we forgive. It is easy to be like beasts and natural to act like men, but the challenge -"through our Lord Jesus Christ" - is to be like God, to be "sons and daughters in the Son and to be included in the trinity circle of love. Accordingly, there are two marks of of a Christian in this world: GIVING and FORGIVING. How giving are you? Are you giving all from your heart? Or are you one give, two gives, or three gives only? How forgiving are you? Are you forgiving, BUT? Forgiving, IF? Forgiving, IN ORDER THAT? In Luke 6,27-38 again, it reminds us that THE MEASURE WITH WHICH YOU MEASURE WILL IN RETURN BE MEASURED OUT TO YOU. God bless us all this HOLY WEEK.
3 Apr 07
Expressing my real emotion seems very hard on my part. I am the type who will never start a fight. I only know how to react. These reactions almost always put me in a bad light (whether my intentions are good or bad) and some people interpret these in another way. As a consequence, my siblings, friends, close relatives would take it against me and won't talk to me. Instead of asking them what's wrong, I will just keep silent and not talk to them too. I have so much pride in me that I won't reach out to say sorry or to ask for forgiveness. I will wait for the person who is angry with me to take the first step to reconciliation. I won't. This is wrong I know but it is really hard for me to say sorry. The good thing about me is that I don't provoke a particular person whom I presumably hurt. I know how to forgive and forget in my hurt. Only in silence.
3 Apr 07
Hehehe. ryanphil, the second to the last sentence should have read *my heart*. Heh. I need to take Sustagen or better yet, go back to a meat diet. I am beginning to have memory gap, memory lapses, whatever it is. At times I find myself writing a word the way it sound. Lol.
3 Apr 07
i had this personal experience regarding forgiveness. there was a time when i was very angry with my father. He has done something wrong that was beyond forgiveness. I was really furious and I wanted him out of the house. Then my mind was focused on the rambutan fruit. I could almost feel the thorny/hairy rind, but I knew that inside of that rind the fruit was soft and delicious. As I was looking at the fruit, I was suddenly impressed with the fact that the thorny covering cound be representative of the rind that sin puts around us, while the fruit remains intact within the rind. It is able to bear more fruits and to feed others if the rind is removed from it. My spirit grasped what the Lord was tyring to show me. The thorny and hairy rind represented my father's hardened heart and his sinful lifestyle. At one point, I understood what forgiveness and healing from God's point of view. I know the He loved my father for who he was and not for what he had become. I realized then that I had to separate my father's actions from his created being and I understood that I could forgive someone like my father. You, too can do it. Let's not wait for them to take the first step to reach us but readily extend our hands to reach them.
5 Apr 07
Our Lord Iesous Christ said that we should forgive in order that our Father in heaven will forgive us. In short, if we do not forgive those who sin against us, our sins will not also be forgiven. God also says that we should love our enemies. Therefore we should learn how to forgive people who offend us even if they do not ask forgiveness from us.