08/21 – A Thankful Heart

Some thoughts of importance for today; forgiveness is a must and must become the attitude in and for Prayer.

Our daily “attitude” toward God and man is to walk worthy of Christ in all that we do “forgiving one another”.

As Paul directed these words to the church in Colossians, so I direct these same words to the church of today … pursue intimacy, grow in spiritual understanding, and walk worthy of Christ.

Are we measuring our walk with the Lord? As we go through this letter let’s ask ourselves these questions:

  • Am I becoming more like Christ?
  • Am I growing more patient, or more quick-tempered?
  • Am I growing more kind and gentle, or more mean and argumentative?
  • Am I growing tenderer and forgiving, or bitterer, holding onto grudges?
  • Do I “bear with others”?
  • Do I put up with the weaknesses and faults of those near to me, or do I have to be always right?
  • IN THIS WORLD TODAY the real question is… Are you becoming more loving, patient, forgiving, and forbearing?

As we examine our own lives let’s be determined to allow the work of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word to do this work in us.

Yes, read His Word, study His Word and apply His Word. Walking in Christ is to become a more Christ-like person.

Through the difficulties in life; our suffering, our afflictions and our severe testing in our everyday living, is designed to bring us to a place of dependency on God and His love.

One of two things will happen; you’ll either quit praying and trusting, or you’ll cast all your cares and future on him.

“A Forgiving Heart “is a very important component in the life of the pray-er. There is a connection between a forgiving heart and prayer?

Jesus makes this perfectly clear in Matthew and Mark:

  • Matthew 6:14 (NLT) “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
  • Mark 11:25 (NLT) But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

Yes, unforgiveness will hinder the move of God’s power in our prayers. A forgiving attitude is an attitude of love.

Do you give loved ones the “silent treatment”?

Have you determined to love family and friends with the love of Christ, unconditionally with a forgiving heart?

Are you bitter or holding grudges against people who have offended you?

  • Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

A forgiving attitude is a mark of one that is right with God. As we set our mind and heart on things above our attitude toward God and man begins to change.

As always, love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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