Making amends?

I was recently contacted by someone who said they thought I and another individual should make amends as we had once been close. However, that is something I cannot do. Not because I have not forgiven the person because the person not only did wrong to me and remains unapologetic; no, I have forgiven for the wrong done to me. It is because they continued to repeatedly attack me, not physically but with their words, repeatedly by calling me names, sometimes directly, other times indirectly. I initially tried to have some sort of conversation with them despite being falsely accused of many things and called horrible names, but all those attempts resulted in escalated insults and accusations. I realized the futility in that and even though they had been told that they were not right to treat me as they were the treatment not only continued but, as I said, increased. Due to that I stopped trying to have any dialogue other than to respond to the attacks by telling them I would pray for them. And, despite this person’s claims of Christianity I was told that they did not want my prayers and they persisted in the attacks. I still responded, I will pray for you which prompted the response from them that my prayers meant nothing he did not need prayers. I continued, regardless of what was said to answer that I would pray for them. No other response would have been met with anything more than more insults and even the statement that I would pray for them it generated other insults.

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Matthew 18:15-17

I had someone ask me why don’t I just block their phone number so they cannot contact me again and given the person’s efforts to harass me, it is unlikely that would be beneficial as they would find other ways to contact me. Already they had made new facebook and email accounts after I had blocked them from the initial accounts and given that, I expect they would continue in the same behavior. I explained that despite that behavior that I still had hope that they would repent. That isn’t the case yet, but I continue to pray for the person because they continue in their ways and are unrepentant. I pray that God works in his life and he will see his sins and stop the sinning and seek the Lord’s forgiveness.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Hebrews 10:26-27

No, I cannot make amends with the person, but still pray for them that God work in their life, show him his sins that he will confess to God, repent and seek God’s forgiveness. That has not yet happened and he persists in his same behavior and attempts to cover his sins, but he doesn’t cover the sins from God.

Lord, I praise Your holy name and worship You for all you are and do. I pray that You work on the person and show him Your truths and he understand what he should do to please You Lord. I pray that You draw us all to You and show us all Your truths and Your true plans for us that none perish but have life with You and Christ in Heaven for eternity.

Amen

 

Thanks for your time, Have a great weekend and please, try to be a blessing to someone else today.

 

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Sneak attack.

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Well, I have been accused of doing some things over last few months that I hadn’t done. And, sadly, I have been told by someone that I absolutely do not doubt, that the one that actually did those things was one of my loudest, harshest, most cruel accusers who had called me any number of terrible names and has attacked my character repeatedly, spreading half truths and untruths. I suppose I really should be angry to have been done that way, but thanks to God, I no longer have that in me. Instead, I pity the person and pray for them. Hoping that God will work on them to move them to be honest and more importantly, come to know Christ. Despite this person professing to know Him, the actions are far removed from those He expects of us.

So, praise the Lord, I forgive the offender, I pray for them and hope for Christ to work in their life to bring them to Him.

1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:1-7

 

8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

2 John 1:8-11

 

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.          Ephesians 4:31-32

As I said, I will be praying for this person. But, the tender heart and forgiveness is not my doing, I give all glory for the change in me, my outlook and response to Christ.

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  2 Corinthians 1:12

 

I praise the God for the changes He has made in me and I give Him all the glory for those changes.

Lord, I praise Your Holy name and worship You for all You have done for me. Thank You for the salvation You gave me. I praise You for helping me better have the heart of Christ who died on the cross for my sins. I ask in Jesus name that You continue to work in my heart and help me better serve and know Him. Please work in the hearts of those who attack other people and accuse them falsely. Show them all the errors of their ways.

I pray that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones and help draw us all closer to You and have Your way in all of our lives.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit, I hope all are well and that He is blessing you all richly. Be sure to be a blessing to someone else today.

 

 

God, is this a test?

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Ever had to deal with various situations and wonder if God is testing you and your faith? Or, if it is possibly the work of the enemy trying to undermine you and your faith. Well, sometimes that is a difficult question to answer. Sometimes, God does test us, when we find situations that are hard to deal with as no matter what a person does, there really doesn’t seem to be a good option. Trying to decide how to proceed is difficult. IF, one thinks with the human mind its difficult, but as I find myself facing some of the challenges of life and try and figure out how to move forward I realize that it is so far beyond my capabilities that I need to continue to do as I have been doing and put it all in God’s hands. He knows what is right, He knows what I should do. I need to give it to Him, let God have control and follow His way. I will, unless I feel Him lead otherwise, continue to pray and let Christ be in control.

 

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:3-7

Unfortunately, I have had to deal with issues where one person starts making accusations, some directed at me, some at coworkers. Accusing people of things that no one should have had reason to believe but once the comments are made, someone has to do a formal review. To worsen things, I very recently was inadvertently told of things said but the one instigating all the commotion, which indicate a good possibility that the one that has been making the accusations is very likely the one to have done the things of which they accused others and apparently went to significant effort to try to incriminate others instead of themselves. I fail to comprehend the mind set behind such thinking. Then see that person do as they have in the past and try to create turmoil. Bragging about how gullible so many people are and that the same could easily do the same to anyone he decided to do that way. Seeming to derive great joy and satisfaction from the acts and what is left behind when they have finished with their game. While their victims have to deal with the mess that was created.

Knowing all that, it becomes more difficult to do as I should and forgive. It does not come easily to my human self to do so. I sought Christ and prayed, and He gave me the ability to forgive. Yet, I find this person continues to behave as they did and seems, not only fail to show remorse, but instead seems to revel in their actions. It becomes more, and more, difficult to forgive and to not lash back. However, through the grace of Christ I am able to do so.

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

Matthew 5:39-40

 

I have not resisted the evil done me, I have not tried to retaliate. I answered questions, review of records was completed and I have been exonerated but I do not know about the others that were drawn into the circumstances but I have no doubt they will be found innocent as well. Personally, I have forgiven, and turned the other cheek, forgiven again, and again turned the other cheek. I do this because of the grace that God gave me and I have ability to have the love of Christ towards others, even those that have done wrong, and that I have learned to forgive out of that love. I am not claiming spiritual greatness or piety. I am working hard in my struggles to follow Christ. Seeking His guidance in the Bible and in prayer. He gives me the guidance and the ability to restrain my human emotions and not be to others as they have been to me. It is not me, but Christ in me that makes it possible. Oh, I fight against it sometimes, it is a struggle no doubt and I begin to wonder if God is testing me or teaching me or both. Or, is this an attack by the enemy to try to undermine my faith and dedication. I claim victory against the attacks by the enemy if it is him and rebuke him in the name of Jesus. I HAVE VICTORY in JESUS!

43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

Acts 10:43-44

 

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

 

My Heavenly Father, I pray to You and ask that You continue to help me continue to learn the heart and mind of Christ, strengthen my faith, my Christian love for all, even those that so me hate. Please further improve my ability to forgive them. I thank You for the mercies You give me and my redemption through Christ. I ask You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones, and those that show me hate and draw them to You. Teach them Your true love and mercy. Lead them to You.

In the name of Jesus I ask for the ability to pass the test and stand up to the attacks by the enemy and not just remain strong, but grow stronger and more resolute.

AMEN

 

Thanks for bearing with me. Dealing with some tests in life, home, work, and other places as well. I don’t ask much of readers other than to bless others as able, and, in that veing, I ask you to Please, when you pray, remember me in your prayer for His guidance and strength.