Monday, November 28, 2011

Luke 7:47

"She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal the gratitude is minimal." MSG

Sometimes the bigger the screw up the harder it is to forgive ourselves. We are our worst critic when it comes to messing up big time. Then when we surrender to God and allow him to cleanse us and forgive us, we experience His perfect grace. With Gods forgiveness we realize how big our screw ups were and how big His grace is. To be forgiven of the big things often makes us more grateful for the grace of God. If we are "good" in our minds and God forgives us, we tend to brush it off as no big deal cause the sin to us is not huge. God loves to show us how much he loves us no matter the mistakes and screw ups we have made. When we feel as though God could never love us or forgive what we have done...he steps in with his unfailing love and erases our slate. Then we experience the true gratitude that comes with forgiveness.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Matthew 6:25

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

As the holiday season approaches so does the stress. The need to get things done, gifts bought, decorations up, tasks done that need to be finished, etc....that I feel we lose sight of the season. This is the season of the most miraculous birth that ever took place. Not just a birth of a child but our Saviour. We lose so much of our lives to worry...then when we are at times worry free we worry that we should be worried about something..I read somewhere that psychologists use reverse psychology when dealing with anxiety...they tell their patients to pick a certain time of day to designate to worrying...instead of worrying all the time..they can only worry for that period of time. This supposedly frees the mind to focus on more important things. This allows for proper focus on tasks that deserve our full attention. Same goes for this holiday...instead of worrying excessively about how to get everything done, making everyone happy, and all other daily stressors...remember that Jesus was born...God was planning our salvation and carrying out the plan to save us..So take time...set back and reflect on what is a joyous time of year and thank God for saving us and being the maker of our future. He is in control so cast all worries on him and enjoy the season.