Everyone seeks happiness, but true joy comes only from investing your life in others. Yes, we can get all kinds of projects done and get satisfaction from such accomplishments, but true joy comes like Paul tells us - from putting others' interests above our own (Phil. 2:4).
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Would you say a topic is important if the Bible speaks about it over 300 times? If you do, then this subject "Thot-talk" is extremely important - to God and to us. It is so important, in fact, that Proverbs 23:7 states, As a man thinks within himself, so is he. If what we think makes us who we are, we need to examine very carefully what we think.
Forgiveness. A subject so deep and wide, most of us flounder around in it, struggling just to stay afloat. To be honest, we’re in way over our heads, like ducks that haven’t quite gotten the hang of swimming. To make things worse, the people we rub against every day have a way of ruffling our feathers, and whether the pain goes deep or runs shallow, we have trouble smoothing those feathers by forbearing and forgiving.
We discovered in Faces of Forgiveness Pt 1 that forgiveness has two faces: first, to cancel the debt and pardon our debtor and secondly, to relinquish or release resentment against our debtor. Neither face is easy to look at, for they both demand unselfishness from us. Last time we talked mostly about forgiveness’ first face – canceling the debt and setting the debtor free from the penalty of the offense. This time we are going to look closely into the second face of forgiveness – releasing our resentment and bitterness against our debtors. Not making a debtor pay for his offense is one thing, but actually giving up our right to feel wronged? Much harder! This takes a lot of grace.