Category Archives: Forgiveness

Under Pressure

Today, once again, I read from Your Nail – Lenten Meditations by Arden W. Mead. The scripture to read our entry is Romans 8:31-39.  Your Nail  writes of St. Paul and the list of enemies that Christ has “disamed” for us – tribulation (translated as pressure), distress, persecution, famine and more.  Mr. Mead asks us, “How, in this modern age, has Christ disarmed our enemies?”

We may feel hungry – not for food but for more of everything. God promises that in Him we have all that we need (2 Peter 1:3). As a matter of fact, we have just enough.  I may not be persecuted in this life but I may be rejected for my Christian morals and beliefs. So be it, for in heaven I will be welcomed and loved – forever.  I might have pressures and stress in this life.  However, even if only for a moment at a time, I can pray and turn them over to God.  I can do my best and know that God is there to help me, for he promised to send his Spirit and to always be with me.  Once our earthly lives are finished, we will have eternal peace.  Everlasting bliss. Nothing can harm us forever – except unbelief!

Thank you, Lord for disarming my enemies with your nails on the cross; for bestowing your gift of faith upon me. May I cherish these gifts of forever.

Done with Dasterdly Deeds

Peaceful Bird

“I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’ give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly” John 14:27

After admitting our wrong doings, or sins, our program suggests that we make direct amends to all people we have harmed.  This can be a scary prospect.  God instructs us, however to not be troubled or cowardly.  Not only do we make these amends to bring about justice or to right wrongs. We do these amends to improve our relationships.  These amends are also for our benefit, our peace of mind, our consciouses. If we receive forgiveness from others, we consider it a bonus.  God has already promised us His peace. Do not be afraid. Go boldly and make your amends. Move forward with confidence.  Peace is a given.

“Blessed is the person whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sin is pardoned.” Psalm 32:1