A little while ago I had a big push about all of us reading our bibles. It is one of the most important things you can do as a follower of Jesus. Daily reading of scripture keeps you in the atmosphere of God’s presence and attuned to his voice.
To further help you we have come up with a series of good old fashioned bookmarks. On these bookmarks we have a few hints that will help you get the most out of reading your bible. I encourage you to pick one up at worship this weekend. They are only a limited edition so be quick to get yours!
There are lots of things out there to help you in understanding and applying the bible to your life. Pick something that suits you and keep reading! Be encouraged! Putting yourself in God’s presence means that when God has something to say to you, he will!
Last week I wrote about making mistakes, particularly about the ones that we make. Today, I want to reflect on when others make mistakes that affect us.
Some of us find this hard to deal with, in fact we find it hard to forgive.
I find forgiveness is not something easily done. It's not as simple as forgetting or just dismissing an idea. It goes beyond our rational brain and into our feelings and emotions. It touches the very core of who we are.
Forgiveness has always been a choice. We make a deliberate decision to forgive. Herein lies the difficulty. Sometimes we just don’t want to forgive. I, like most, have found myself in that place. It is a struggle to force yourself to forgive, to let go, to relinquish the pain.
I once heard a quip about unforgiveness, which is like mixing up poison for someone else and drinking it yourself.
My friends, when we choose to forgive, we also choose to follow the Jesus way. In doing so, we can have great assurance that Jesus helps us to forgive.
Last week there was a little spelling mistake in my blog…. some of you might have noticed it! It certainly added a different meaning to my words!
I find it’s easy to make a mistake. I mean, being human, it comes with the territory. Everyone makes a mistake! Some of us make more than one...
The biggest mistake to make when you make a mistake, (yes that does make sense) is to try and cover it up. I don’t know if you have ever done that, but I learnt that lesson a while ago when I was a kid. Don’t cover it up, just admit it, seek forgiveness if need be, and keep on moving.
What is it about us that wants to hide the fact that our humanity is real and that we don’t have it all together all the time? Maybe we might fool a few people and even sometimes ourselves, but we don’t fool God. In fact that’s why we have Jesus. Because God knows how we operate and knows what we need. Honesty with ourselves and God is always the best way. Not only because it is the right thing to do but because it allows us to see reality and move into a different place. When we are honest, God has the freedom to move in us.
It’s easy to write a bog about Dad's, about how we should be thankful for them, how we should love them and honour them. I do wonder if I would be slightly biased in that though!
So let me think deeper on this ...one of the things that I love my dad deeply for is his influence on my life. Where would I be without his guidance, wisdom and words of correction? I shudder to think. I guess that many have a similar story to mine.
It makes me think about me, about us. What sort of influence do we exert over others? In particular, influence for good…. This applies to all of us not just the males. How seriously do we consider the impact we make on those who are looking for guidance or wisdom from us? Even today, we have the opportunity to form the next generation for Jesus, let’s take every chance we can get.