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2 Kings 5; 1 Timothy 2; Daniel 9; Psalms 117, 118

It was an exercise in forgiveness. I stood in a room with others, a list in hand of offenses and offenders, only mine was marked by ink of imagination. When they tore their papers, I tucked mine away. I wanted to forgive, but I also wasn’t finished being angry. I wanted to send my list by mail to the offenders, or tuck it under their windshields as a notice of violation. Even if it was just a blank piece of paper imprinted with the words I was offended … but that would seem nutty. So instead, I went home.

My six year old overheard me singing a line to song about forgiveness. Her response was light and childlike, “Of course, Mommy. Why wouldn’t anyone do that?”

 

13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’” 2 Kings 5:13 NLT.

If she and her sister are wrapped in dispute, I get between them and have the offender speak the offense and apologize. The other one follows up with forgiveness. They go on about their day like nothing happened. It’s a pretty easy formula when you’re in elementary school. When does that change? Is it when no one owns up to fault? Or when the offense is repeated over and over … on purpose?

In his book, The Anger Solution, John Lee proposes writing down the offense, what you wish you had said and what you wish you had heard in response.

Those initial wounds still hurt when someone else bumps up against them–and maybe there is sense in going back to heal what’s underneath instead of covering it up with thoughts like I’m fine … It doesn’t matter … It’s no big deal. Maybe it’s time to sit with the Lord and tell him: Lord, when they did that, it hurt.

In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
    and the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
    What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.
    I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in people. Psalm 118:5-8 NLT

Naaman is washed clean of his disease by obedience and faith. Daniel prays a lengthy confession for mercy. Paul urges prayer.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 1 Timothy 2:1-6 NLT.

And the Psalms testify:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 118:1 NLT

Courtney (66books365)

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Genesis 43, Mark 13, Job 9, Romans 13

Tick, tick, tick…10 and 9, 8 and 7, 6 and 5 and 4 call upon the Savior while you may; 3 and 2 coming through the clouds in bright array, the countdown’s getting lower every day!

Heavenly Father I come before you today to receive my daily dose of you and to ask you to not let me allow the clock to get down any lower before I take the right steps of obedience towards you.  I also lift up a prayer and blessing upon  our Nation and the leaders you have placed within it. I pray for guidance in their decision making and that they look to you for help and answers and not to themselves.  May I choose to obey and respect them as you commanded me too in Romans 13.  Thank you for being the ultimate authority in my life and for being available to speak to and praise your name 24/7.

I thank you for the overwhelming lessons scattered throughout these passages on your love and your commands to me to share that love to each person that I come into contact with. I ask for a humble heart combined with this love and that I may be a forgiving person to those who have brought me pain and frustration just as Joseph loved and forgave his brothers in Genesis 43 for the wrong they had done to him.  Life is too short to hold a grudge, dear Lord, so please take my present anger and cast it as far as the East is to the West!

Your word is filled with promises and reminders that this world is not my final home and as you tell me in Mark 13 “No one knows the day or hour when you will return” so my prayer  is that I continue to keep short accounts with you and if my faith is tested, such as Job’s was that I would not assume that you were out to destroy me and I would not begin wallowing in self pity, but rather that I would see the trial you have placed before me through your eyes and not mine, and I will stay faithful and at peace that you are strengthening and purifying me and using me as a testimony to others.

In Romans 13:14 you tell me to let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of me and it’s evident from these scriptures today that you desire for me to redress myself in clean righteous clothing, just as you reclothed Joseph in splendor after his dirty and blood stained jacket was shed, so, I give you my dirty laundry Lord and  full reign over my life and I ask for guidance and wisdom in honoring and glorifying your name and serving you.

Thank you again Father for making your word so readily available to me and for offering free salvation and love for all who will receive it! I pray this in your awesome precious name. Amen.

Erica (guest on 66 Books)

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