Forgiveness, the Key to the Peace that Passes all Understanding

Forgiveness is always an antidote to poisoning. Unforgiveness is poison. Forgiveness is the antidote.
In the Depression of the 1920s and 30s, there lived a family in the South, with five children. They were very, very poor. They picked cotton to make a living. The conditions were: No sanitation, no power, no electricity and all that. No education. The eldest son, being a 20-year-old at that time, had to donate all his earnings, whatever they were, every penny, to his parents, to help feed the family. One day while resentment was building up inside of him, he told his parents he was leaving for the “big city.” When that young man got into the city, he saw all the different lifestyles of education, riches etc. He made friends with a rich family who helped him with some education, and he became involved in a business and was quite successful in it. The young man did not stay in touch with his parents. By this time, his resentment had grown stronger towards them because of all the possibilities and availabilities that he saw there were in the city! He could not get out of his mind why his parents had not given him what these parents of his friends had given their kids. That is what he was mad at. So, he continued on, got married, had a family of his own, and tried to put all his past in the back of his mind as best as he could.
Many years later, while his parents were still alive and old, the resentment came to a boiling point in his life. He decided that he should drive over there to them and really “straighten them out” about the failures they had with him and the family. He was gonna tell them off. The first night on the way there, he stayed in a hotel and God began to speak to Him a couple of words. By the way, this guy was not a religious guy by any means. And the conversation from God was: “What would you have done better than they if you were in that same position?” With that, the young guy had a change of heart. He turned around from his trip and did not go tell his parents off, but went back to his home. The beauty of it, was the Peace of God washed over him when he had that change of heart… he said it was the Peace that passes all understanding and he could not figure it out!! Well, the long story short is this – that this man got in touch with his parents and made everything right. Now, this man had been struck with a disease of some kind, a terminal disease. Also his wife had a disease. They even had a daughter who was disabled. But through all this, the Peace of God was in him, and made a great change in his family. And the relationship changed between him and his parents! This man passed away two years later, but on his deathbed, he kept relating the power of God in his life through forgiveness. And his wife lived many more years and she was the one that tells the story. But God changed the whole thing!
So, the key was one act, he said, it was getting rid of resentment through forgiveness.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive others.” The key to that is because we are first forgiven ourselves, then we are able to forgive others as He has forgiven us. In accepting Jesus Christ as our saviour, we see how much He has forgiven us, then we are able to forgive others because He has first forgiven us! When we discover the grace of God, how much He forgave us, then we are able to get rid of our resentments through forgiving others.
On our own power and effort, we cannot forgive anything, but when we hear Jesus’s voice (that is what this fellow did – he heard Jesus’s voice) we accept His forgiveness which gets rid of resentment and gives us the power and ability and grace to forgive others. Out of that, the Grace of God gives us the Peace that passes all understanding – we will not explain that one, we can’t!
Today, as He knocks at the door of your heart, let Him in… Let Him speak to you. Have conversation with Him. He will do miracles. God bless you, He is FOR you! He loves you very, very much.
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Jesus, Our Friend

In the 1700’s in England, during a time of economic depression, a single mom and her 20-year-old only son were really struggling to make a living. So the son heard about America and said to his mom, “Mom I am going to go down there and find some riches to help you out.” When this son was in America, he and his mom used to write letters back and forth to each other. He could not find any work of any kind. It was a new country and it was depressed as well. He was lonely and wanted to go back home. Then in one of the letters the mom wrote to him, she said she had found strength in Jesus. And in the letter, she wrote to him, “What a friend I have in Jesus, all my sins and griefs to bear, and what a privilege it is to carry everything to him in prayer.” She said she was very happy now and not lonely anymore! The burden had been lifted. It changed her whole heart. When the son got the letter from his mom, he read that and was humming these words under his breath as he walked around looking for work, and out of it all, God touched him! He became a believer in Jesus! And what happened is he put those words to a song! And it has been sung for years and still is sung around the world today, “What a Friend I Have in Jesus”. He saw the light, the guy!
Jesus knocked at the door of his heart and he let Him in, and discovered he had a Friend forever.
Jesus said after His resurrection and He left for heaven, to His disciples, that He would send another, the Person of the Holy Spirit, which is part of it all when you accept Jesus. Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth… But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.(John 14: 16,18). He will come and dwell in you. The Holy Spirit is the one who carries us through life. Part of His work in our lives is He is our guide, He empowers us, He reveals things to us, and He is our teacher, our advocate, our counsellor, and is our comforter.
Believe it today, enjoy it, may God bless you!
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A Merry Heart

I remember many years ago before I let Jesus into my heart, when He knocked at the door, I did not have a clue what life was about. I remember working with a newly married guy. He came to work one morning and he says to me, being quite frustrated, and I was an older person than him, being married a while, “can I have some advice.” While I think of it now, I did not have any concerning marriage! Apparently he had got up in the morning and he was quite a positive guy, and he thought it was a great day, and he told me that he said out loud, “Good morning!” And his wife said, “what is good about it?” He was upset all day about that. He was a cheerful, happy-go-lucky type of a fella. He was always saying, “this is a great day” and his wife would be upset with him and say “what is so great about it?” Even though I had been married a few years more than him, I was not an expert! But, knowing what I know today, unless we know how much the Lord loves us and the sacrifice He did for us at the Cross, we really cannot view too well many of life’s situations. I have come to find out that Jesus talked about this a lot! One place is where it is said “In (the midst of) everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18.

 

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you”. Notice here, that this scripture speaks about God’s will in our lives – many of us have questions, what is God’s will for our lives?” It is quite simple, it starts right there in that scripture.

 

Another good word is “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” Prov.17:22.

 

And this one… “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Prov.15:13.

 

We can understand from that that God speaks about the heart a lot. So it is not a little thing when we say Jesus is standing at the Door of our Heart and to let Him in! Because life is in the heart! All life springs out of the heart. Once that is right, I find that life is much easier.

 

After 47 years of experiencing some of these benefits and having seen other people experiencing the same life, I come to the conclusion that the indwelling Spirit of God is a major key to a cheerful heart in my life. The key for me has been in these 47 years has been the presence of the Spirit of God in my heart.

 

As He knocks on the door of your heart at this moment, let Him in and I believe together with you, that the peace and mercies and blessings of the Lord will strengthen you and encourage you as you enjoy His purpose and will in your lives!

 

We love you. God bless you. God loves you very, very much.

 

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The Deliverer

Many of us parents, grandparents, other relatives, and friends agonize, have sleepless nights, and worry and search for answers over the fact that some of our loved ones have been caught up in addictions, homelessness, depression, and other desolations. We struggle to assist them in whatever ways we can, and using all our human forces and strength, and our prayers, that they would get off the addictions that they are caught up into. It could be sexual, drugs, alcohol, anything that our loved ones are caught up in and cannot find deliverance, healing and freedom from all these shackles that torture their minds and bodies. We genuinely pray (as we should and it is good) as we bring all our efforts towards getting rid of these problems for them, and we do everything we possibly can for them, sacrifice, spending our human efforts, money, support, detox, yet we can find nothing seems to work. It is not that it is wrong what we do for them, it is that they have not yet met the true Deliverer face to face! Well, the answer is in this story about a very, very troubled man in Mark 5. Jesus appeared to him, and He revealed Himself. The man met Jesus face to face and the Deliverer was revealed to him!

 

Here we see what happened to one person who no human could help – but Jesus did…

 

Mark 5: They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

 

I believe that the most important thing we have to do as loved ones is TRUST the Deliverer. While we trust, we can rest, and have hope. I read somewhere that while we sleep, God works, but while we work, He sleeps! That is to say that we can trust Him and be at peace with Him. After all, He is the Prince of Peace. And the scripture also says that He brings us the Peace that passes ALL understanding.

 

So today, as Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts, let Him in! Trust Him and enjoy Him. He will accomplish what He promises!

 

We love you and God loves you very, very much!

 

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The Gospel of Hope!

In the early 1970s I had a contract in South Surrey to work on a project finishing inside houses; it was a 30 house plan. When I was working on that project, there were two brothers I worked for who were the owners of the company. One was keeping the books in the office, and the older brother was the project manager. The project manager was in his early 50s. He was always on the project, no matter what time of day you were there; he would direct you to park your truck over here, or unload your material over there. He was very attentive and smart. He and his wife had a nice family of four teenaged kids. I came to work one morning on the job and it was very, very quiet there, because he was usually in the middle of the road directing you! There were police cars around his house. Anyway, I found out through the office that in the middle of the night, he had died of a heart attack. He was a nice guy and I got along good with him. I went to his funeral in a funeral home somewhere, and the preacher or speaker, got up and gave a talk for 45 minutes. The widow and the four kids were sitting in the front row, and other family members and friends were there. It was painful and depressing. The speaker never offered any hope or encouragement. So I left, shaking my head. Even the bricklayer I was walking with back to our cars, said to me, “What was that all about?” To this day, I wonder about those teenagers and the widow; I never heard anymore. I felt for them; there was no message of hope. I know one thing, that teenagers are open to hearing something new or fresh! But that did not happen there that day.

 

The answer to hopelessness is in the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now the Gospel is very simple: Jesus came, He died, and He rose from the dead. He shed His blood, which erases our sins, past, present and future. Romans 10:9 says: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”

 

Believe on Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved. That is the Doorway to Heaven.

 

And John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

 

And there are many more good comforting words…

 

The answer to hopelessness has always been and will always be that a Saviour came for us, easily available, simply believe. No hard works involved. He has done it all.

 

So that is why we feel free today to share the Good News – there is always someone who may enjoy it and receive it!

 

We will never know the whole situation of that incident that day, but one thing we know for sure that the Gospel when it is shared and accepted, is a Gospel of Hope and promises, direction, and encouragement and comfort for our lives and eternally.

 

So today, when Jesus knocks at the door of your heart, let Him in and enjoy Him!

 

God loves you, very, very, very much!

 

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L’amour du Père Dieu

Il ya une histoire que je veux partager des Écritures pour nous montrer à quel point Dieu nous aime. Ça va comme ça – il y avait un père très riche avec deux fils. Son fils cadet vient chez son père et lui dit: “Papa, je voudrais mon héritage, je veux aller sur mon propre chemin.” Alors son père lui donne son héritage. Son père le voit alors descendre la route vers une terre étrangère. Là, le fils cadet fait beaucoup d’amis parce qu’il a beaucoup d’argent. Il a beaucoup de parties, et a un grand temps. Finalement, il manque d’argent et court d’amis. Il y a une famine dans le pays et il n’y a pas de travail. Il se retrouve donc sans abri. Puis il se rend à une ferme de porcs à la périphérie de la ville et y travaille pour sa nourriture. Il mange des coques de maïs qui sont nourris aux porcs, et vit dans la grange de porc. Un jour, il reprit ses sens, puis il se dit: «Qu’est-ce que je fais ici? Mon père est très riche là-bas et a des serviteurs qui sont mieux que moi et plus bien que moi! Je vais donc retourner chez mon père et je vais lui demander si je peux trouver un emploi comme un de ses serviteurs.

 

Alors ce jeune fils sortit de la ferme de porcs et, quand il montait la route menant à la maison de son père, son père, qui regardait de sa maison tous les jours pour son fils, le reconnaissait de loin et courait dans l’allée Pour embrasser et baiser son fils, et lui souhaite la bienvenue! Le père, tellement excité, fit venir ses serviteurs pour ramener son fils cadet dans la maison, le nettoyer, lui mettre un Robe, un Anneau au doigt et des Chaussures à ses pieds (ce qui montre le niveau d’amour, L’autorité qu’il a mise sur le fils! La Grâce et la Miséricorde de ce Père sur son Fils!) Le père dit au serviteur, “Va boucher le veau gras, et obtenir l’orchestre de musique prêt, nous allons avoir un barbecue et une grande bienvenue Partie pour lui, parce que Mon Fils était perdu et mort et maintenant il est vivant !!! ”
Maintenant, le fils aîné de ce Père riche, était dans les champs de travail quand il a entendu toute la fête en cours. Il est venu dans la maison et il a demandé à son père: «Qu’est-ce qui se passe?» Le père a dit: «Mon fils était mort, et il est de retour !!!!» Le fils aîné s’est fâché et a dit: «Et moi? Je n’ai jamais fait ce qu’il a fait et j’ai travaillé pour vous toute ma vie ici. Tu ne m’as jamais mis une fête! »Le père dit à son fils aîné:« Tu es toujours avec moi, et TOUT ce que j’ai, c’est à toi! Mais mon fils était mort et maintenant il est VIVANT!
Quand le fils cadet montait sur la route, et il vit son père courir vers lui, il avait peur et probablement pensé que son père était en colère contre lui et dirait: “Qu’est-ce que vous avez fait avec tout votre argent, quel genre de cascadeur Vous tirez sur moi »et tout cela, et il serait très en colère contre lui. Au lieu de cela, le père l’a embrassé et l’a embrassé, et a dit: “Bienvenue, vous étiez perdu et mort, mais maintenant vous êtes en vie!”
Beaucoup d’entre nous luttent dans nos vies avec des questions impardonnables. Mais nous voyons ici comment le grand amour, la miséricorde et le pardon de Dieu nous pardonne, peu importe combien de fois nous échouons. Il est toujours disponible pour nous. Il ne nous abandonne jamais; Nous sommes ses enfants pour toujours! C’est une parfaite démonstration de l’amour de Dieu pour chacun de nous. Ce n’est pas si difficile, c’est juste de lui demander et il va voler sur l’allée de HUG & KISS nous !!! C’est le pardon et la miséricorde de Dieu!
Jésus est toujours debout à la porte frappant. Tout ce que nous avons à faire est d’ouvrir la porte et de le laisser entrer !! Souviens-toi que Dieu t’aime beaucoup, beaucoup.

 

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What is in Your Hand?

When Jesus knocks at the door of your heart, and you give your life to Him and let Him in, because He resides in you, you are now in God’s will! That simple. God wants to protect us from perishing eternally. That is why He gave us His son, so we should not perish if we believe on Him. It is that simple. That is God’s will for our life. Just believing on him.
John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

Then the purpose is another thing. After we accepted Jesus Christ, then we want to know what our purpose in life is. We find our purpose this way – we are probably in God’s purpose now but we don’t realize it. There is an example for us today, from Moses’ story in the Bible…

 

God had chosen Moses to deliver God’s people from Pharaoh. They were slaves of Pharaoh. Moses was standing depressed before God, because he did not know how to deliver the people from Pharaoh and God spoke to Moses. He said to him, “What is in your hand?” and Moses said “I have a walking stick.” God said to throw it on the ground, and it became a snake! Then God said to pick it up by the tail. And when Moses did that, it became a stick again!

 

I was listening to a story by an archaeologist who was chasing all around the world, looking for Moses’ grave to find the magic stick! Anyway, he ended up in a museum in England and there is a stick there! It is 5 feet 3 inches long and black varnished! He was not allowed to touch it. But we know that the power was not in that stick!

 

Anyway, coming back to Moses, God told him to head towards the Red Sea. And Pharaoh let the Israelites go. Moses was walking towards the Red Sea with the stick, with a million of God’s people down his neck behind him! When they got to the water, he could see the Egyptians in the distance – they were already coming for them! Moses, still depressed (he was a depressed sort of a fellow, and was also 80 years old), was facing the Red Sea and the enemy coming after them. So he said to God, what do I do now!? God said, “What is in your hand?” And Moses said, the stick. So God told him to take the stick and hit the water. And we know the rest of the story! The Red Sea parted, and Moses and all the Israelites went across it and into the desert!!!! Many other miracles happened there, now that Moses knew where to look for God’s power!

 

So the question for us today is, “What is in your hand?” I read a little book many years ago; it was called “Brother Lawrence.” He had joined the monastery to find God. And through many religious exercises and everything, he could not find his purpose in life. And one day while peeling potatoes in the kitchen, which was his job, God touched him, woke him up, and he said that he realized that his purpose in life was what was in his hands – peeling potatoes!! All the other priests and others in the monastery wondered why he was so happy! He had had a revelation from God that what he was doing with his hands was his purpose in life. Now maybe that doesn’t sound too exciting for many of us – what is in our hands? Now today, you may say, well, my life isn’t that important “just” changing baby diapers for example or you could be a big time CEO of a big company, unfulfilled in life – or whatever other form of labors we may be doing – we know though that every president or king’s mother once changing their kids’ diaper did not know at that time what God was up to and what plans He had for that son or daughter – because God always has a plan for your life, with whatever you have in your hand.

 

We learn from the lesson today in Moses’ story and Brother Lawrence, that the key with God is usually “what is in your hand.” There is nothing wrong with doing other great things, but I remember when I first became a Christian, under the suggestions of many good hearted preachers and leaders, to go out into the world and do great things, I wanted to pack my suitcase and head out! But, I soon realized my purpose in life was most of the time what was in my hand, meaning what am I doing at the moment? At that moment I was working as a carpenter with carpenter tools and raising a family.

 

Lacking understanding where God’s power and purpose is, we are wise to do what Moses did! Our encouragement comes from God – because all power and strength and the ability to move forward comes from Him.

 

So today, if any one of us are thinking this life is pretty boring, “peeling potatoes” or whatever, we know we are not there by accident! Moses was 80 and he delivered his people! It was all a God effort! We learn today that it was all a supernatural doing of God! Because the stick itself had no power in it! Even though that archaeologist I mentioned believed that! So, if we find ourselves today in a situation which is less than exciting, think again about Moses’ situation! God may just be in it!

God loves you very, very much.

 

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