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Healing through Forgiveness

HealingMarci AnthonyComment
#sowandgather #healing Be Kind and Compassionate

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) 

Upon graduating from college, I obtained a job with a national public accounting firm. I was delighted when they hired me and thrilled when I became a CPA. However, this excitement began to wane as I started to work long and difficult hours on different projects for various companies. After each project, I would receive an evaluation of my work, informing me of all my strengths and, of course, myweaknesses. 

After one such project, I was asked to come and receive my latest assessment. As the manager handed me my evaluation, which consisted of three 8 ½ x 14 pages, she proceeded to inform me of all my mistakes and weaknesses on this project. She went on and on about all the things I had done wrong. Towards the end of the one-sided conversation, she stopped and stated that I had done one thing well….I was “pleasant.” 

I was shocked, disappointed, frustrated and angry. I was so very angry. After all that hard work on that project, I was told I did only one thing well. What???? 

On my way home, I cried. I cried every night for a whole week.  

Every time I looked at her at work or thought about her, I was angry. These feelings of anger lasted for some time, actually for years after I stopped working with her. 

But in comes my dear Jesus; His word is so sharp and so convicting. Throughout the Bible and especially in the verse above, I am told to forgive. I struggled with this action. I couldn’t forgive her. I was angry and she was wrong!  

But, finally, I did it. I forgave her.  

Once I took that step, Jesus began the healing process in me. I wasn’t angry anymore and could actually think about her without getting angry. For a period of time, I was still hurt, but soon that emotion passed away too.  I eventually became peaceful and I still am. 

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Matthew 18:21-35 

Action Item |

Be obedient and forgive. 

Prayer |

God, Thank you for forgiving me. Help me to forgive others even when I don’t want to. Once I forgive, I know your healing will lead to peace.  Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Isaiah 1:18

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

Memorize It |

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool." Isaiah 1:18

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Jesus Makes Us White As The First Winter Snow

New BeginningsMarci AnthonyComment

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18 NIV

How would you describe yourself? Are you a summer girl, winter girl, or somewhere in between? I am a summer girl through and through. I love sandals, summer dresses, sunglasses, hot weather, cool, icy beverages, and especially not having to wear a heavy, bulky coat. In fact I like summer so well if winter never came I would be thrilled. I just despise winter and everything with it and especially the snow.

Because of this fact, my friends will contact me when it snows and remark how beautiful the snow falls and tease me about my dislike of this cold, icy stuff. However, these comments began to make me think about my dislike of winter and I decided I would pray asking Jesus to show me the beauty of snow and winter.

Well, guess what? This winter after our first snow and ice I saw it sparkle and glisten and it was so clean, crisp, and white. Snow is beautiful!! My next thought was “Oh my, something is wrong with me. I thought snow was beautiful. ”

But in that very moment, Jesus placed this verse into my mind and I realized my life was the same. I disobey Jesus and His commands and do what I want to do. I rebel and I am sinful and my sins are like scarlet and red as crimson. However, Jesus is so loving and so full of grace that when I confess my sins, He is faithful and just to forgive my scarlet sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9) He makes me clean and white just like snow, beautiful, lovely snow.

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Psalm 51

Action Item |

When was the last time you confessed your sins? Begin now and when you confess, do you feel cleansed and purified? Remember, Jesus has completely forgiven you.

Prayer |

Dear Savior, I confess my scarlet sins to you right now. Please forgive my sins and make me whole again. Thank you for your grace and your forgiveness. Help me to know I am truly forgiven and walk in this truth in peace. I love you. Amen.

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