BE MERCIFUL

Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7

If we wish to build lasting relationships, we must learn how to forgive. Why? Because our loved ones are imperfect, as are we. How often must we forgive our spouses and our friends? More times than we can count; to do otherwise is to disobey God.
Are you easily frustrated by the inevitable imperfections of others? Are you easily angered? Do you sometimes hold on to feelings of bitterness and regret. If so, perhaps you need a refresher course in the art of forgiveness.
Perhaps granting forgiveness is hard for you. If so, you are not alone. Genuine, lasting forgiveness is often difficult to achieve — difficult but not impossible. Thankfully, with God’s help, all things are possible and that includes forgiveness. Even though God is willing to help, He expects you to do some of the work.
If there exists even one person, alive or dead, whom you have not forgiven, and that includes yourself, follow God’s commandment and His will for your life: forgive. Bitterness, anger, and regret are not part of God’s plan for your life. Forgiveness is.
Forgiveness is the precondition of love.

 

HE WATCHES OVER US

Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain.  Psalm 127:1

Have you ever faced challenges that seemed too big to handle? Have you ever faced big problems that, despite your best efforts, simply could not be solved? If so, you know how uncomfortable it is to feel helpless in the face of difficult circumstances. Thankfully, even when there’s nowhere else to turn, you can turn your thoughts and prayers to God, and He will respond.
God’s hand uplifts those who turn their hearts and prayers to Him. Count yourself among that number. When you do, you can live courageously and joyfully, knowing that “this too shall pass” — but that God’s love for you will not. You can draw strength from the knowledge that you are a marvelous creation, loved, protected, and uplifted by the ever-present hand of God.