Archive for the ‘forgiveness’ Category

Love: A More Excellent Way

Monday, February 10th, 2014

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Walk In Love. The apostle Paul called the love walk a “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). Love covers a multitude of sins and causes us to face the future with a fresh start. We don’t have to rely on our human power to love. The love of God is poured out in our hearts and the Holy Spirit enables us to walk it out (Romans 5:5).

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Luke 6:37

Choose To Forgive. Walking in love is not emotional, it’s decisional. Feelings sometimes have to catch up with your choice. God doesn’t want us to live in the prison of resentment. He wants us to be free. You may be in the midst of the hurt, but today choose to forgive.

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Luke 6:31-33

Release in Prayer. There is joy in forgiving and in being forgiven. Individually forgive and release each person you need to forgive. In prayer to God, declare out loud each person’s name. Plead the blood of Jesus and pray for mercy over each one’s life. God may lead you to talk to someone face to face, or He may not. Whatever God has you do, He’ll equip you for it.

Pray This Prayer:
Here am I Lord. I trust You to help me forgive. You forgave me and now I’m
grateful. And now I forgive everybody for everything and anything. I bear no ill
will. I forgive _____________ (say the person’s name). I am not the judge. I’m
walking in love because God first loved me. I do this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” –-Corrie ten Boom

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. ten Boom, Corrie. Tramp for the Lord. Fort Washington, PA Published by CLC Publications. Copyright 1974 by Corrie ten Boom and Jamie Buckingham.

Forgiveness & Freedom

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

After Peter asked about forgiveness, Jesus told a parable of a slave who owed
his master $7.5 billion dollars (by today’s standards). Instead of throwing him
into prison, “the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave
him the debt” (Matthew 18:27).

But the slave who had just been forgiven a HUGE debt threw a fellow slave into prison when he couldn’t repay $2,054. When the master found out about this, he said, “You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?” (Matthew 18:32-33).

Jesus is telling us to factor in how much He has forgiven us. Offenses will come—some deliberate, some unintentional—and they hurt. Yet, by the grace of God, we can forgive. Don’t be a doormat or gullible, but when you have compassion and you release and forgive someone, you are setting yourself free.

Pray this prayer:
“Father, I forgive even as You have forgiven me. I refuse to be skilled at
bitterness. I choose today to bear no resentment—to forgive those who have
despitefully used me. I thank You that the love of God is poured out in my heart
through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

Forgiveverb
1. To give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an
offense or fault; pardon. 2. To relent in being angry or in wishing to exact punishment for (an offense or fault). 3. To absolve from payment of (a debt, for example). –The American Heritage Dictionary

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Forgive”- The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.

Future Plans

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, “What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?”! That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and His goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course. Matthew 6:31-33 PHILLIPS.

1. Worrying About Tomorrow Is Unnecessary. Five times in Matthew 6 Jesus addresses worry. He’s saying to quit obsessing on the “what ifs” and the “how comes” and seek first His Kingdom, and then all the other things we need will be added.

2. When We Acknowledge God, His Guidance Is Assured. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul (Psalm 143:8 NIVUK). God is worthy of our focus. When we present our soul—our thinking faculties, will, and emotions—to the Lord, we have the assurance that He will bring guidance (Proverbs 3:5).

3. Seek God’s Will About Plans For The Future. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10 NIVUK). When the will of God is known through the written Word of God (like in the areas of healing and finances) we don’t need to pray “if it be Your will.” But when it comes to life decisions—marriage choices, career choices, where to send the kids to school—keep an open heart and seek God’s will (James 4:13-15).

4. God Has Promised To See Us Through. Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6 NIVUK). God knows more about the future than we do about the past. The cure for anxiety and fear is realizing that as we daily put Jesus first, we can trust God to lead us through the course of our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

5. God’s Plans Are Always The Best Plans. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:8 NIVUK). Knowing God’s will requires a submitted heart. God is looking for vulnerable, yielded, and humble people who are willing to step up and say: “Lord, I renounce complacency and apathy and submit to Your decisions. God’s will be done: in my life, in my town, in my church and in my generation, in Jesus’ name.”

Seek God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Love: The Effective Life

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

God has called us to an effective, significant life, and in order to fulfill this call we need love. Without love, our actions become white noise (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Love is a force that we can apply to the challenges in our lives to move past obstacles to the next level.

Do not give the devil a foothold . . . and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:27, 30-32

A huge part of the love walk is forgiveness. Said President Ronald Reagan of his assailant less than 48 hours after being shot: “I know that my healing depends on forgiving him.”* Your breakthrough may be dependent on your willingness to shut the door to bitterness. The Holy Spirit is right there to help you forgive: “Whom God calls He equips”—even the hardest calling of walking in love (Hebrews 13:21; 2 Timothy 3:17).

A door of opportunity is opening, and God is preparing us as individuals and as a church body with this daily life of love and forgiveness. That’s why simple acts of obedience—choosing love instead of anger or bitterness—must be the highest priority in an effective Christian life.

We love because God first loved us!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. *Time Magazine April 17, 2000.

Forgive.

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.] Mark 11:25-26

Faith works through love (Galatians 5:6). Faith can’t work unless we let go of all bitterness and walk in love. Jesus said that, after loving God, the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). There is no way around forgiveness; God has made it imperative for every Christian.

We all deal with offense at some point, but the greatest hindrance to faith is harboring resentment. When my prayers seem hindered, God reminds me to check up on my love walk. If even Jesus on the cross said “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34), how important is it for us to forgive in our daily lives—even one person several times a day!

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

Don’t let your actions toward people be based on what they did to you. Instead, consider how great a debt of sin God has forgiven you. In comparison, every other offense is small (Matthew 18:21-35). You don’t have to be a doormat and let people take advantage of you, but you do have to forgive. Turn your hurt into a prayer and stir yourself up to walk in love.

We are called to impact our culture—don’t let the sabotage of unforgiveness cripple your effectiveness. Christianity has to work where the rubber meets the road. That’s how people will know we are followers of something real: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Don’t wait for your flesh to feel like forgiving—choose the path of love today.

Thank God for His forgiveness!

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.