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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Forgiveness

If you haven't read works by Elisabeth Elliot you are missing some great encouragement. I'm not one to have a load of 'other' books to read. I have a few wonderful, oldie but goodies in my nightstand. Here is an excerpt from "All That Was Ever Ours."

"We are indeed "miserable offenders.'' We have done and left undone. We are foolish and weak and blind and self-willed and men of little faith. We run here, we run there, we form committees and attend meetings and attack the Church and its organization and its isolation and its useless machinery and its irrelevance and ineffectiveness. But all the time it stands there, holding the cross, telling us that there is forgiveness, that we have not been left to ourselves, that no matter how shocking the image that we finally see of ourselves in the light of God's truth, God himself has done something about it all.
"He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities." For the very things we've been discussing. For the things that make us moan and groan and ask, "What's the use?"

I love this. How straight and to the point. How true that we are miserable offenders. What is the use? Well, we have the ability through our forgiven, miserable self, to forgive, to love, and if at all possible for us to stay at peace, we should, no matter what the method to secure that peace without offending further (if that is the case). If it is in your hand to say sorry, please forgive me, or in your hand to overlook the one who has offended you, (carrying on of course in good heart, no grudges please) and take them back on the spot, immediately, when they come and ask, then by all means do so.

There is more to that paragraph, can you see it? Thank you Jesus..


Now, I found this great homeschool resource, what a blessing! It may have been around for a long time, but this is the first time I've seen it.
http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/
Thank you Cindy for providing this wonderful help! Enjoy all and have a blessed day in Christ

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