The Bridge of Grace

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (Colossians 3:13) 
There you have it, people. It is so hard, so, so hard. 
It is so much easier to hang onto anger. So much easier.  

A grudge is like attempting to poison someone else, but drinking the poison yourself. 
It rots you out, slowly and deceptively.
God has given us all grace. That arch, that bridge is so unbelievably important, so strong.
Walk on it, believe in it, and hold the hand of those who hurt you and take them across with you.
God is love, God is in you, YOU are love.
Fallen, broken world? Yes.  Redeemed and forgiven souls with the ability to spread grace. Yes!
Don’t hesitate as night cometh… 
“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5) 
“The bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. Some have been the chief of sinners and some have come at the very last of their days but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support. It will bear me over as it has for them.”
Before the sun sets, choose forgiveness and grace.
Wow! What an image, I’ve never looked at grace as though it were a bridge but how powerful is that? I can remember so vividly, God taking my hand and walking with me across that bridge called Grace. If He can do it for me, I can in return, hold the hand of those who hurt me and take them across with me. We must be willing while it is still day to spread grace, walk on it, believe in it and let go of that grudge that  weighs us down. Forgiveness and Grace! Hallelujah!
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. (Luke 6:37) 
We find scriptures on the topic of forgiveness throughout the bible.

God’s commands around forgiveness are pretty clear and straightforward, and yet why do so many of us struggle with it?

Often, we are urged to forgive without allowing the healthy processing of feelings.

We may fear that forgiving someone means we accept their behavior as okay or that we are somehow saying their wrongdoing doesn’t matter anymore.

The reality is forgiveness liberates me from bitterness and hard-heartedness, even if the other person never changes.

“We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.” Frederick W. Robertson

I may have to say to the Lord I am willing to be willing, but I choose to make the step of faith toward forgiveness.

This small step of faith is all you are asking from me, and I give it freely.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:36)

If you struggle with forgiveness today I pray after reading this devotion you are encouraged to do the right thing and forgive.

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

The Bond of Peace

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

After I confronted my friend by email over a matter on which we had differed, she didn’t respond. Had I overstepped? I didn’t want to worsen the situation by pestering her, but neither did I want to leave things unresolved before she went on a trip overseas. As she popped into my mind throughout the following days, I prayed for her, unsure of the way forward. Then one morning I went for a walk in our local park and saw her, pain etched on her face as she glimpsed me. “Thank You, Lord, that I can talk to her,” I breathed as I approached her with a welcoming smile. We talked openly and were able to resolve matters.

Sometimes when hurt or silence intrudes on our relationships, mending them seems out of our control. But as the apostle Paul says in his letter to the church at Ephesus, we are called to work for peace and unity through God’s Spirit, donning the garments of gentleness, humility, and patience as we seek God’s healing in our relationships. The Lord yearns for us to be united, and through His Spirit He can bring His people together—even unexpectedly when we go walking in the park.

Have you experienced an unexpected encounter that revealed God working in a situation? How might you work toward peace and unity today?

When I read this I couldn’t help but think this was meant for me and I pray someone out there is touched as I was. Just today I said to my husband, I just can’t forget what they did and how they chose to handle the situation and my husband’s wise response was, is the frustration and hurt you are harboring in your heart worth missing eternity over and I started to cry, no one or thing or hurt is worth missing eternity over. Then I sit down after a busy day to do the devotion and God drops this right in my lap. So as I face this individual I will choose to work for peace and unity through God’s Spirit, not my own doing, donning the garments of gentleness, humility, and patience as I seek God’s healing in my relationships. My prayer today is that someone reading this can also find closure in a situation and rise above it.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Ephesians 4:1-6

Should I Forgive?

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (Colossians 3:13)

I arrived early at my church to help set up for an event. A woman stood crying at the opposite end of the sanctuary. She’d been cruel and gossiped about me in the past, so I quickly drowned out her sobs with a vacuum cleaner. Why should I care about someone who didn’t like me?

When the Holy Spirit reminded me how much God had forgiven me, I crossed the room. The woman shared that her baby had been in the hospital for months. We cried, embraced, and prayed for her daughter. After working through our differences, we’re now good friends.

In Matthew 18, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a king who decided to settle his accounts. A servant who owed a staggering amount of money pleaded for mercy. Soon after the king canceled his debt, that servant tracked down and condemned a man who owed him far less than what he’d owed the king. When word got back to the king, the wicked servant was imprisoned because of his own unforgiving spirit (vv. 23–34).

Choosing to forgive doesn’t condone sin, excuse the wrongs done to us, or minimize our hurts. Offering forgiveness simply frees us to enjoy God’s undeserved gift of mercy, as we invite Him to accomplish beautiful works of peace-restoring grace in our lives and our relationships.

Lord, help us give our grievances to You so that You may turn them into something good. Make us ready to forgive completely and earnestly. Give us Your spirit of unity. Amen.
When I read this I remembered a time when someone I had known had lost a loved one, I felt compelled to reach out to them but I was faced with asking myself the exact same question, Why should I care about someone who I felt didn’t like me? It was in that moment The Holy Spirit also spoke to my heart and I chose to break down the wall of hurt and anger, I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and you know something, it was in that moment we went from being just acquaintances to true friends and we are very close to this day. I never in a million years thought we would be as close as we are now, but God! My prayer today is that each and every person reading this today will choose to allow Him to accomplish beautiful works of peace-restoring grace in your lives and your relationships. God opened my eyes that day and taught me that YES He can and will, if you allow Him, accomplish beautiful works of peace-He continues to restore grace in my life and in my relationships. Thank You Abba Father!!

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Matthew 18:23-35