If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, you'll know that I began letting you know about a recent e-mail I received, from a Facebook (FB) friend, C. If you didn't read LwL yesterday, you may want to, so you would better understand what I'm discussing, today.
Today, I'll be addressing another issue, regarding how and/or why I am able to love and honour my dad.
As I mentioned yesterday, in the book I wrote entitled, Love Never Fails You... I wrote about a trial in life I had as a child. It involved my dad.
It also affected my life, in some ways.
What I experienced, stayed with me for years. And, contributed to me feeling unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and just garbage to the world.
Even so, I loved my dad. And, my mom.
Some people have trouble understanding this. How could I do that? How could I feel that way?
To be honest, I can't say.
Well, at least I mean that when that troublesome issue happened, it wasn't the first and only thing that made me feel stressed in life. Other things had also made me feel that way.
But, as I said previously, I thought about Jesus.
Not only did I think about Him, but I was old enough that I had received in school that Gideon New Testament Bible, that I mentioned in Love Never Fails You... And, had read it.
Okay, I hadn't read the whole entire Bible involving both the Old and New Testaments. I didn't have a copy of that version. But, I did read the New Testament version that was in my possession.
Did God's Word do something for me? I can only say... yes.
Why I was able to do this, can only refer to God being with me. Lifting me up. And, providing for me.
After all, no one is perfect.
Not me. Not you. Not my parents or other relatives. Nor, yours.
For some reason, God placed it on my heart to forgive my dad. And, my mom.
I did. I forgave.
Forgiveness, isn't easy.
But, God helped me forgive them... and everyone else in my life, who have hurt me.
Isn't this what He expects of us?
Yes, I believe so.
After all, He told us this, in Ephesians 4:31-32, "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."
We are only human.
We sometimes experience pain. Suffering. And, feel bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evilness.
Even so, God wants us and told us that we are to be yet kind to one another. Tenderhearted. And, forgiving to each other... even just as God for Christ's sake, hath forgiven us.
Have you gone through serious issues in life? I'm sure you have.
After all, God told us that we should not be surprised at the fiery trials we will experience in life (1 Peter 4:12). So, I believe you have. Just as I have.
Have you forgiven anyone who has hurt you?
Even as a child, I forgave my dad for what I wrote about in Love Never Fails You...
I forgave him. I loved him. And, dreamt about being loved by him.
By now, I'm sure you realize I could not have done this, alone.
Jesus was there for me. And, He still is.
Just as He is... for you.
So, if you have had troubles in life that have greatly affected you, please... forgive.
If you do this, you will be obedient to God. And, you will be blessed.
Until next time...
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