When I woke up on Tuesday morning, the word that came to me was “forgiveness” and the more I think about the cross and what Jesus did at the cross, the more I’m grateful to God. I’m truly amazed by God and His amazing love, that sets us free.
Have you ever experienced being reminded of unpleasant episodes of the past? Maybe it’s something that you did wrong in the past, or it might not even be something you did. Like a broken record, the very fact that some people keep reminding you of your past can be very annoying, and at times, painful to the listener. Sometimes even our Christian brothers and sisters do the same thing. (Something to ponder: Have you really forgiven? Or perhaps you’ve just swept the junk under the rug…so every now and then you still see the junk and you complain how dirty the floor is…etc…)
I’m grateful that God’s forgiveness is different from the forgiveness that comes from mankind.
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
New King James Version (NKJV)
25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins
So, what did you do on Christmas Day? I decided to visit my beautician to get my eyebrow embroidery done. I’m afraid I’m not as hardworking in maintaining the eyebrows and definitely not one to use cosmetics to darken my eyebrows. The first time I did eyebrow embroidery was several years ago. It works like a charm because my natural brows are oddly shaped. (Grin)
While I know that many treat Christmas day as a day for them to celebrate…eg. hosting BBQs, parties etc… let’s not forget the reason for this season. Let’s not forget the Person we are celebrating.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and may you be blessed with good health, joy, peace & love.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
This is a song that really speaks to me. The lyrics in the song just makes me ponder in awe. It’s like even before I was aware of God, He is already looking out for me and watching over me. For that, I am truly amazed.
You danced over me, while I am unaware
You sing all around, but I never hear a sound
It reminds me of Jeremiah 1:5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” While that was what the LORD said to the prophet Jeremiah, I’m once again in awe as I ponder on… This means when Jeremiah was just a thought, God has already set him apart. It makes me wonder,… when I was just a thought in His mind, … what did He set me apart for?
There was something else that I found out yesterday, after a discussion with a few runners. It does sound like I overtrained in running. Was it the fault of my personal trainer? Was it my fault? Whose fault was it? What were his intentions? Why did he push me beyond the limit, till it’s considered as overtraining? Those questions circled my mind for a while. Then suddenly, peace washed over me. I don’t know whose fault it was but God will make something good & beautiful out of all this mess.
Several years ago, a group of youths and I went to Penang hill for a retreat. I recall having to carry a pail and a guitar. The pail wasn’t empty, and I was relieved that one of the youths offered to carry my guitar up. While the pail didn’t seem heavy in the beginning, it got heavier as we continued our journey. When we reached the station at the peak, I felt my heart sink as I realized that the bungalow was still quite a way to go. When we almost reached the bungalow, I wondered if my arms were going to fail me.
Holding a grudge is pretty much like that. At first, it may make you feel even good, and slightly triumphant. Maybe someone did you wrong, and perhaps you may have the right to be angry but holding grudges will imprison yourself, and pretty much spoil your day. Life is too short to hold grudges and be angry.
Do I hold grudges? I used to. Sometimes it’s hard to let go but in order to live, and have peace in your heart, the best way is to let it go. Hold no grudges. I can’t look at the mirror and say I’ve not hurt anyone before in the past because truth be told we sometimes hurt people without even knowing it.
The sound of my ipod hitting the wooden floor woke me up this morning. At the same time, I realized I forgot to change my phone to airplane mode. Just as I was getting ready to do so, a message appeared and when I read it, I was shocked. Possibly stunned as well. It was a very disturbing news on someone I know being charged for certain crimes which I’d rather not write. All I can say is the years that I’ve known him back in my university days, he was so much like a father to me. I can’t accept it because I don’t believe it’s true. And my heart just goes out to his family. I can’t imagine what they’re going through. I pray that God would remain close to this family and that God would intervene. Mutual friends seem to have the same hunch as me, that this whole thing is one bad accusation. This piece of news really shook me and if anything good came out of hearing that news, it’s that it managed to take my mind off my knee for a while.