Jesus Thoughts …

  • “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)

    Building a successful relationship calls for focusing on the other person’s strengths instead of their weaknesses. Concerning marriage, Benjamin Franklin said, “Keep your eyes wide open beforehand and half shut afterwards.” It’s a mistake to rush into a lifetime relationship without taking time to get to know the other person. Without due diligence on the front end, you are sure to have problems on the back end. But an important relationship principle lies in learning to forgive and forget. American politician Edward Wallace Hoch is attributed with saying, “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly behooves any of us, to talk about the rest of us.”

    Forgetting can be harder when the offence is great. Small offences can usually be forgiven quickly; big ones involve a healing process. But until you decide to forgive and forget, the process can’t even start. Paul writes: “Be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. Put up with each other … forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. Love is more important than anything … It is what ties everything … together” (vv. 12-14).

    Prayer

    Lord, as You have forgiven me my sins, teach me to forgive in the same way. As You show me grace and mercy, let me do the same to those around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Stay encouraged!

    Pastor Mike


From the Past Week …

  • Devotion for February 4, 2023

    “But He was pierced for our offenses, He was crushed for our wrongdoings … All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the wrongdoing of us all to fall on Him.” (Isaiah 53:5-6, NASB) Every one of us has a good reason to feel guilt. Not one does everything right! We hurt other people. We act selfishly. Often the unkindest things we say and do are to the people we love the most. Just like you can’t hide your sins from God, you can’t hide your…

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  • Devotion for February 3, 2023

    “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28, NIV) Grief, loss, and pain are inevitable parts of life. But did you know that God uses these things to help you grow? He does it in three ways. First, God uses pain to get your attention. C. S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain.” Pain is God’s megaphone. You rarely change when you see the light. You change when you feel the heat. Proverbs 20:30 says, “Sometimes it takes…

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  • Devotion for February 2, 2023

    “Confront Your Shadow on Groundhog’s Day; Have you retreated from opportunity because of fear or uncertainty? Fear not; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13) Sunlight glistens on his whiskers as Mr. Groundhog cautiously pokes his head above his earthy burrow. He eases to his haunches, twitches his fuzzy ears and listens for signs of danger. Then … horrors! He sees this big, black, spooky thing looming in front of him. Whoosh! He’s gone. His shadow has sent him fleeing back to the safety of his den. This means, according to legend, winter will last another six weeks. I enjoy Groundhog…

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  • Devotion for February 1, 2023

    “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’” (Isaiah 1:18, NKJV) Our God extends the first invitation because he is conscious that our weakness and our sinful nature stand in the way of our union and intimacy with him. Though these words were delivered with so much mercy to the Israelites, they nevertheless ring true today. We are a people who have experienced God’s mercy and our hearts can only respond with gratitude. I…

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  • Devotion for January 31, 2023

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7, NIV) God is not only able to meet all of your needs; he’s eager to meet them! But when you forget how committed God is to help you, it’s easy to stop asking for his help and to start depending on yourself. Perhaps you only ask God for the “big stuff” and not the “small stuff.” Guess what? Everything is small to God. None of your requests are big in God’s eyes. He has every hair…

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  • Devotion for January 30, 2023

    (Jesus said) “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) Christian author Mary Southerland came down with a raging fever, her doctor suspected viral meningitis. “How long have you had the solid white coating on your tongue?” he asked. Mary was puzzled. Why did that matter? The doctor continued, “The health of the tongue is a very strong indicator of the health of the entire body.” And spiritually speaking, the same principle applies. “The mouth speaks the things that are in the…

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