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Forgiveness Friday (Taste the Sweetness)

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:1-3

Happiness is to be forgiven! It is an emotion that defies description.  It is the relief of an enormous burden lifted, of a debt canceled, of a conscience at rest.  Guilt is gone, warfare is ended, peace is enjoyed.  Can you smell these beautiful aromas’; taste the sweetness of this exotic meal?  If you truly desire to feast on such a meal, the bible says, “ask and you shall have, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened.”

Please allow me to give you the Dictionary meaning of this very important word.  First of all it is a  noun, and it means the act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.  Disposition or willingness to forgive.

Now listen further to what Jesus commands us to do, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. (Mark 11:25) AMP

LIVING IN SPIRITUAL DARKNESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LIVING IN SPIRITUAL DARKNESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

When we continue to harbor our un-forgiveness of another person in our spirit, we are truly living in spiritual darkness; having that unforgiving spirit and fostering of resentment is spiritual suicide.  So I ask you today, why do you want to commit spiritual suicide, why do you want to live in spiritual darkness?  Do you realize that there is no rest for you when you continue to brood over slights and injuries and wrongs; there is no quiet repose of the mind when you constantly feel that you have been unjustly treated, and you scheme how best to act for the discomfiture of your enemy?

Now I ask you, how can happiness dwell in your heart, if your heart is disturbed by ill-will towards your brother are your sister?  How do you expect to find wisdom and humility when your heart is filled with hate?  I say shame on you.  It is time to wise up and find that happiness that the bible speaks of.  You know you deserve it, you know you want it, and you are always seeking after it, but always in the wrong place.

Revenge seems sweet only to the mind that is unacquainted with the spirit of forgiveness; but when the sweetness of forgiveness is tasted then the extreme bitterness of revenge is known.  Revenge seems to lead to happiness to those who are involved in the darkness of passion; but when the violence of passion is abandoned, and the mildness of forgiveness is resorted to, then it is seen that revenge leads to suffering.

Revenge is a virus which eats into the very vitals of the mind, and poisons the entire spiritual being.  Resentment is a mental fever which burns up the wholesome energies of the mind, and “taking offence” is a form of moral sickness which saps the healthy flow of kindliness and good-will, and from which men and women should seek to be delivered.  The unforgiving and resentful spirit is a source of great suffering and sorrow, and he who harbors and encourages it, who does not overcome and abandon it, forfeits much blessedness, and does not obtain any measure of true enlightenment.  To be hard-hearted is to suffer, is to be deprived of light and comfort; to be tender-hearted is to be serenely glad, is to receive light and be well comforted.  It will seem strange to many to be told that the hard-hearted and unforgiving suffer most; yet it is profoundly true, for not only do they, by the law of attraction, draw to themselves the revengeful passions in other people, but their hardness of heart itself is a continual source of suffering.  Every time a man hardens his heart against a fellow-being he inflicts upon himself five kinds of suffering-namely, the suffering of loss of love; the suffering of lost communion and fellowship; the suffering of a troubled and confused mind; the suffering of wounded passion or pride; and suffering of punishment inflicted by others.  Every act of unforgiveness entails upon the doer of that act these five sufferings; whereas every act of forgiveness brings to the doer five kinds of blessedness-the blessedness of love; the blessedness of increased communion and fellowship; the blessedness of a calm and peaceful mind; the blessedness of passion stilled and pride overcome; and the blessedness of kindness and good-will bestowed by others.

Numbers of people are to-day suffering the fiery torments of an unforgiving spirit, and only when they make an effort to overcome that spirit can they know what a cruel and exacting taskmaster they are serving.  Only those who have abandoned the service of such a master for that of the nobler master of forgiveness can realize and know how grievous a service is the one, how sweet the other.

THE LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Now look at the photo above, when a person abandons retaliation for forgiveness they passes from darkness to light.  So dark and ignorant is unforgiveness that no being who is at all wise or enlightened could descend to it; but its darkness is not understood and known until it is left behind, and the better and nobler course of conduct is sought and practiced.  Man is blinded and deluded only by his own dark and sinful tendencies; and the giving up of all unforgiveness means the giving up of pride and certain forms of passion, the abandonment of the deeply-rooted idea of the importance of oneself and of the necessity for protecting and defending that self; and when that is done the higher life, greater wisdom, and pure enlightenment, which pride and passion completely obscured, are revealed in all their light and beauty.

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Forgiveness Friday (The lesson I learned from my Mother)

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

A Mother’s Arms (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MY MOTHER was truly an inspiration to my soul.  Whenever I felt someone had hurt me, she would simply say, “Son, don’t hold a grudge against them, you must find in your heart the words to forgive them.”  I would say, “but Mom, it hurts, how can I forgive them, they hurt me.”  Son, if you truly want to stop the pain, you must release it and let it go, forgiveness is the only way to your personal peace.

MY MOTHER was a godly woman, she loved and feared the Lord, and she made sure that I understood what she meant when she said I must forgive those who would seek to do harm to me. Now let me share with you the lesson MY MOTHER taught me on FORGIVENESS.  She begin by saying, “Son if the LORD can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

FORGIVENESS works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

FORGIVENESS should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

FORGIVENESS works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

FORGIVENESS should become a habit.  When THE MASTER was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

FORGIVENESS should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

FORGIVENESS is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Then with her big beautiful brown eyes, looking and penetrating deep into my soul, the softness of her voice changing, she said, “you may not understand all that I am telling you at this moment, but when the time is right it will all come to you and you will get it and use it to help your own children and others to understand that we all must learn the art of forgiveness.

So my brothers and sisters, as you begin your journey into this weekend, begin it with a spirit of forgiveness in your hearts towards your fellowman.

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Forgiveness Friday (Learning to forgive and be forgiven)

LEARNING TO FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.  It is the miracle that works the art of change.  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.  You should first forgive yourself for all the wrongs you have done to yourself, for the mistakes you have made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.   By doing this you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that keeps you locked in a prison that always seems impossible to escape.  Forgiveness frees your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future. Now watch this short video and we will continue this discussion on the other side.

As you watched this video clip you saw where it said, “Forgiveness is an adventure, it is making peace with the past, it also means to give up and let go.”  I say to you, forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every person has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When Peter asked Jesus, how often should we forgive others, he answered;  “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.  Take this moment and search your heart for the list of those persons who you know you should be forgiven and take the first step and make it happen.  This next clip is from an interview that Tyler Perry did with Dr. Phil.  Take a moment listen to it and then meditate upon all that has been discussed in this lesson, then make your comments known to the world by simply telling us how you feel about forgiving and been forgiven.

May the blessings of the Lord be upon you this weekend as you learn the art of forgiving and being forgiven.

There is power in letting go of the past

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS

"REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Let your prayers and supplications be made know to God, the One who comforts your soul, body and spirit. Today is a new day, an opportunity for a new beginning; let’s begin it with this prayer:

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

When you EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS you fine peace of mind; yet, some people find it hard to do so? One thing I’ve determined about life is that at some point we will experience hurt and disappointment. We miss out when we allow those elements to rob us of the beauty of what God has given for us to enjoy. Jesus often spoke about forgiveness; we are reminded, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV), and there is actually healing in forgiveness.

The main problem is that many of us don’t want to forgive because holding on to grudges, anger and disappointments gives us a sense of power/control over those we’re angry with. For some reason we feel that if we forgive someone we’re letting them off easy, but the truth is that when you’re able to forgive, you’re releasing, letting go sets you free. By holding on to resentment you create a mental bond to that person you no longer wants to be a part of, it then becomes like a game of chess, locked in.

If someone has done you wrong tell them what they did, why it hurt and then release them, let it go. This can be done by writing a letter or through conversation; once everything is out in the open and the person you’re angry with is willing to make amends, open up with clear thought, seek to gather an understanding of what each of you are feeling. In order to put the past behind we must be willing to forgive. Pride and miscommunication often lead to broken relationships/bonds simply because no one wants to be the first to say, I’m sorry.

Above all, never allow someone else’s behavior to drain your strength; remember that you can EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS.

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What happens when you Believe

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My Brothers and Sisters, on this day, you were awaken into your brand new reality of a day you have never seen before, nor experienced any of the joy or even the pain, that lies ahead of you at this very moment in time.

But you have a choice to embrace the moment to go with the flow, and experience the possibilities of a greater reward by accepting the fact that God has favored you and rewarded you for greatness as His Servant, or you can follow the devil’s plan and miss out on your blessing all together.

The choice is truly yours, Jesus awaken you into His Marvelous light and allowed this thought to enter into your mind, now I ask you, “WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BELIEVE?

Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins. (Mark 11:22-23 MSG)

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EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS

"REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Let your prayers and supplications be made know to God, the One who comforts your soul, body and spirit. Today is a new day, an opportunity for a new beginning; let’s begin it with this prayer:

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

When you EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS you fine peace of mind; yet, some people find it hard to do so? One thing I’ve determined about life is that at some point we will experience hurt and disappointment. We miss out when we allow those elements to rob us of the beauty of what God has given for us to enjoy. Jesus often spoke about forgiveness; we are reminded, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV), and there is actually healing in forgiveness.

The main problem is that many of us don’t want to forgive because holding on to grudges, anger and disappointments gives us a sense of power/control over those we’re angry with. For some reason we feel that if we forgive someone we’re letting them off easy, but the truth is that when you’re able to forgive, you’re releasing, letting go sets you free. By holding on to resentment you create a mental bond to that person you no longer wants to be a part of, it then becomes like a game of chess, locked in.

If someone has done you wrong tell them what they did, why it hurt and then release them, let it go. This can be done by writing a letter or through conversation; once everything is out in the open and the person you’re angry with is willing to make amends, open up with clear thought, seek to gather an understanding of what each of you are feeling. In order to put the past behind we must be willing to forgive. Pride and miscommunication often lead to broken relationships/bonds simply because no one wants to be the first to say, I’m sorry.

Above all, never allow someone else’s behavior to drain your strength; remember that you can EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS.

 

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

A Mother’s Arms (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MY MOTHER was truly an inspiration to my soul.  Whenever I felt someone had hurt me, she would simply say, “Son, don’t hold a grudge against them, you must find in your heart the words to forgive them.”  I would say, “but Mom, it hurts, how can I forgive them, they hurt me.”  Son, if you truly want to stop the pain, you must release it and let it go, forgiveness is the only way to your personal peace.

MY MOTHER was a godly woman, she loved and feared the Lord, and she made sure that I understood what she meant when she said I must forgive those who would seek to do harm to me. Now let me share with you the lesson MY MOTHER taught me on FORGIVENESS.  She begin by saying, “Son if the LORD can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

FORGIVENESS works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

FORGIVENESS should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

FORGIVENESS works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

FORGIVENESS should become a habit.  When THE MASTER was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

FORGIVENESS should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

FORGIVENESS is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Then with her big beautiful brown eyes, looking and penetrating deep into my soul, the softness of her voice changing, she said, “you may not understand all that I am telling you at this moment, but when the time is right it will all come to you and you will get it and use it to help your own children and others to understand that we all must learn the art of forgiveness.

So on this Mother’s Day weekend, I salute My Beloved Mother for teaching me the art of forgiveness.

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