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DEVOTIONAL: Forgiveness by Brenda Spahn


Forgiveness

Not many words can raise the emotions and quicken one’s heart beat more than the “f” word in the world of dysfunction we live.  We are taught that we need to “get even,” revenge is good.  People need to get “what they have coming.”  Most media outlets promote this mentality every day.  Our very souls and spirits desire for a “payback” to others.  To the wounds which are not so deep, some can immediately let go, but we tend to tuck deep wounds inside our soul and hold onto them. It’s not intentional, we just do it.   These are the kinds of grievances we have to learn to deal with or else our spirit will go through life with spiritual infection.  We need to realize that by whatsoever measure we forgive, we will be forgiven.  If we fail to forgive we limit the Lord’s moving in our lives.

I must confess that most of the women that come to the Lovelady Center have lead such tragic lives that I often find myself wondering how they could possibly forgive or forget. With each woman I stress how impossible it is to get the mountain of grievances and mistakes—inflicted both by others and by themselves—without the Lord with us.  We pour over the scriptures and pray and eventually, out of obedience to the Lord, they find the strength to forgive through faith. 

Matthew 6:14-16, ESV: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, you Father will not forgive you.”

 

Mark11:25, ESV: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 

 

No matter how big the sin, forgiveness is a must for all of us.  We cannot allow ourselves to be in bondage to the sin that can destroy us from the inside.  When we refuse to forgive we cannot subject ourselves totally to God because we are being controlled by another.  Forgiveness is a choice we make in obedience to the Word of God.  Freedom cannot happen with a heart full of bitterness. So when anyone offends me, all I do is reminder my beloved Loveladies and I have no trouble forgiving them.  Our example is Christ and His lessons of forgiveness but sometimes when we see Him working in others, it gives us strength.

Luke7:47-48, ESV: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many are forgiven-for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little……… And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven.”

 

Original devotional from Brenda Spahn, author of Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

 

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From limbless to limitless – anything is possible with God!

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Nick Vujicic knows there is no greater hope than trusting in God’s plan for your life. Born without arms or legs, Nick has experienced both the peak of hope and the depth of despair. But he has overcome his circumstances and physical limitations by clinging to his faith and understanding the limitless love and power God has for every person. Now he wants you to experience that same reassurance of hope and the power of God, everyday.

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Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling, and “ridiculously good” life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Nick eagerly spreads his central message: the most important goal is to find your life’s purpose and to never give up, despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in your way.

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A Life Redeemed

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He was Nixon’s hatchet man. A jailed felon. And now, one of the most significant Christian leaders of our time. Here is his life story.

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Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators.

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Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the US military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.
 
Adam Brown was a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as fearless.

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DOWNLOAD: Bible Study Guide for Lazarus Awakening


pdf_1002With just a word Jesus called Lazarus from the grave and His Word can help bring us out of our tombs as well. This ten-week Bible study for the book Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver is designed to help you move toward your own awakening. Click here to download the group Bible study guide now.

 If an eight-week format works better for you, you’ll find directions at the end of this guide for adapting it. Also, check out the downloadable workbook and leader’s guide available at www.joannaweaverbooks.com

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In a society that often focuses on its negative experiences, Alan Wright offers a refreshing new perspective: the positive experiences we have daily are proof of God’s active involvement in our lives. Alan encourages Christians needing hope to “remember God” — to rediscover forgotten joyous memories and understand that yesterday’s hidden treasures are tomorrow’s spiritual riches. In an inspirational style perfect for devotions, the author skillfully leads readers to uncover the unshakable and uplifting evidence of their own God Moments.

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“I do believe my life has no limits, and I want you to feel the same way about your life, no matter what your challenges may be.” –Nick Vujicic

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