The last time I did a giveaway was about 6 months ago for my Birthday. Instead of receiving gifts I wanted to give them. This time, I’m going to giveaway a book every Monday for three weeks and announce the winner on Thursday’s post. This is to celebrate Thanksgiving and how thankful I am for each one of you and the friendships I’ve developed through this blog.
Today I’m giving away Embrace Grace by Liz Curtis Higgs. To be eligible to win, simply leave a comment or subscribe to my blog. I will announce the winner on Thursday’s post.
Anne and Tonya were best friends and roommates in college. Something drastic happened, and the relationship was severed. Bitterness grew year after year. It was so bad, Tanya wasn’t present when Anne got married.
Years passed and they both opened their hearts to at least being present at the same function among mutual friends. They talked, and decided to forgive one another. From there, God intervened and grew them closer to one another, and closer to Him.
Harboring bitterness only hurts us, doesn’t it? It never hurts the other person. So when Jesus said to forgive seventy times seven, He had good reason for saying it (Matthew 18:22). True forgiveness is always for our own good, and a cornerstone to restoration. Besides, when we have un-forgiveness in our hearts, we sin.
The Israelites turned their backs on God by worshipping idols, giving in to sexual immorality and all kinds of sin. But when they repented, God forgave.
Prostitutes and women living in adultery were forgiven. Crippled and bleeding women were healed. Not only did Jesus heal and forgive them, He sent them away in peace and chose to use them. Most of them went away telling anyone who would listen!
He (Jesus) said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34
Are there desolate areas in your life that need renovating? This is more than a DIY project! We need to call in help for this one!
With God’s help, we can flourish and blossom again. We may think the marriage is too far gone or that friendship can’t be mended. IT CAN! He can! We just have to trust God with an inch in the door of our hearts, and give Him room to get in and miraculously change us and heal the hurt. We may not be able to change other people, but we can let God change us!
Sometimes we avoid closeness to God, because we’re ashamed of decisions we’ve made in the past. We can’t forgive ourselves, so we think God couldn’t possibly forgive us. Try Him. He just wants us to trust Him with it. Surrender! ASK Him to forgive. He will!
He is the Ultimate Restorer. Just like He restored Anne and Tonya’s friendship, He can do the same in our relationships and heart!
Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. Jeremiah 33:6-8