Full Hands

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

[Matthew 6:14]

Recommended Reading

Matthew 6:14-15

This verse is a reminder of the importance of forgiving others, but if we only focus on what God will withhold from us if we do not forgive, we neglect the role our spirit plays in forgiveness. Humility, compassion, and wisdom are necessary in the giving and receiving of forgiveness. The truth that each and every person has sinned and fallen short reminds us that everyone has a substantial debt they cannot pay.

When our spirit is consumed with grudge holding, toxic emotions cripple us. Indignant judgment, poisonous anger, frustration, and bitterness aim to take up permanent residence within. The crushing result is a diminished ability to receive forgiveness. We descend into a tailspin of negative thoughts and emotions. With all our energy focused on the perpetrator, we forget our own debts.

God’s generosity is an invitation to be forgiven and set free. When we forgive others, we experience that freedom once again. Instead of carrying the weight of unrelenting forgiveness, you can know the light, love, and freedom that comes from passing on the forgiveness you have obtained.

Nothing of spiritual significance comes without sacrifice. Your spirituality will always be measured by the size of your sacrifice.

[Jerry Falwell]

~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~

Eternal Perspectives

I thought, if heaven’s a city I’m not so sure I want to spend forever there.

The next morning changed my perspective. I pulled back the drapes of my seventeenth floor Buckhead hotel room and gazed out of the huge bay window at a cloudless blue sky above a rolling carpet of dark green. I never realized Atlanta had so many trees. Away to the south, in the center of my vision, a bright and beautiful city hovered between tree and sky. Its tall buildings shimmered, white and spotless in the early morning sunlight.

Then it hit me. What if this city really was spotlessly clean? What if it was a city where there was no fear of getting mugged, ripped off, or blown apart, a city where you could never be lost or even ignored? Imagine a city where everyone was kind and helpful, happy, honest, morally pure, and a relative!

~ Larry Dick ~

[A Taste of Heaven]

Jesus Today

In This World Of Increasing Electronic Surveillance

IN THIS WORLD OF INCREASING ELECTRONIC surveillance, privacy can be hard to come by. Safe places are also in short supply. So when you feel surrounded by trouble, remember this: I am your Hiding Place. Call out to Me, and I will protect you from trouble. I will even surround you with songs of deliverance.

One of the best ways to draw upon My strength is to sing praises to Me. I actually dwell in the praises of My people. So when problems are weighing heavily upon you, break free by worshiping Me—in songs, in shouts, even in whispers. These sacred acclamations decimate the darkness and invite Me into your awareness, brightening the atmosphere around you. Problems fade into the background while you are engaged in worshiping Me. Awareness of My Presence strengthens you and fills you with Joy.

When you praise Me in the midst of a hard day, both you and I are blessed. I come near, and I hide you in the secret place of My Presence.

Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you.

[Psalm 143:9]

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

[Psalm 32:7]

You are holy, O You Who dwell in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered].

[Psalm 22:3]

You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

[Psalm 31:20]

~ Sarah Young ~

Strength Today

For you will have a pact with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you. And you will know that your home will be secure, and when you inspect your domains, you will not be missing anything. [Job 5:23-24]

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Love had he found in huts where poor men lie;

His daily teachers had been woods and rills,

The silence that is in the starry sky,

The sleep that is among the lonely hills.

~ W. Wordsworth ~

That spirit which suffices quiet hearts, which seems to come forth to such from every dry knoll of sere grass, from every pine-stump, and half-embedded stone, on which the dull March sun shines, comes forth to the poor and hungry, and to such as are of simple taste. If thou fill thy brain with Boston and New York, with fashion and covetousness, and wilt stimulate thy jaded senses with wine and French coffee, thou shall find no radiance of wisdom in the lonely waste of the pine-woods.

~ R. W. EMERSON ~

As a countenance is made beautiful by the soul’s shining through it, so the world is beautiful by the shining through it of a God.

~ FRIEDRICH HEINRICH JACOBI ~

Morning Prayer

Teacher, they said, We know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.

[Matthew 22:16]

Father God,

Today, how easy it will be for me to allow those around me to define me and make me who they think I should be. Help me to not get caught up in the opinion of others, but more what You think.

Amen