Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 17--Faith, Not Fear: FORGIVE AND LIVE

Welcome to Day 17 of our Bible based, Christ focused devotional.

Purpose: With so many people suffering during these tough economic times, I wanted to create a daily devotional which would promote faith in God as a solution to overcoming anger and fear.
Each devotional will provide a daily passage of Scripture for you to reflect on throughout the day. In addition, an “Action Item” will assign a daily, simple task to help you address your fears with faith and move forward with God's plans for you.
Thank you and God bless you for reading this devotional--please share it with others!
Steve Kendall

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 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 (King James Version)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------      OPENING PRAYER:                       
In your opening prayer, in addition to anything else you want to pray about, ask God to forgive you for any anger you may have toward others.
Forgive and Live
I wasn’t able to attend church this morning as I’m experiencing a few side effects from my recent IVIG medical treatment. I feel blessed as the side effects thus far are nothing I’m not used to—flu-like, queasy stomach, blah feeling, etc.

However, I was able to watch Dr. Charles Stanley’s Intouch program today, and his message, “Anger and Forgiveness,” fits quite well with the theme of our 40 day devotional. 

I’ll be brief with today’s devotional as I need to get some rest, but I wanted to call your attention to the excellent outline for Dr. Stanley’s message. Here’s a link to it:

I related to a lot of the points Dr. Stanley made about anger and forgiveness as I’ve been guilty of a lot of them.

Specifically, two items from his sermon spoke to my personal experience:
1.    Our fellowship with God suffers when we refuse to release others from their sins against us.
2.    As a believer, you have the responsibility to take the initiative in dealing with unforgiveness.

I chose “Forgive and Live” as the title for today’s devotional because personally, I really couldn’t move on with my life and deal with problems until I learned to forgive others, ask them forgiveness, and most of all, ask God for forgiveness.

As I said, Dr. Stanley’s sermon today was excellent and applies to many of us. I encourage you to look over the sermon outline with the link above, and when you have time this week, watch, or listen to his sermon online:

Dr. Stanley is also on a book tour for his latest work, Surviving In An Angry World, and today’s powerful sermon was probably a glimpse of what one can find in the book.

In closing, I also want to remind folks that October is breast cancer awareness month.

You can learn more about early breast cancer detection, treatment options, and how you can get involved, at the American Cancer Society site:

During this week, deal with any anger you have toward someone using Dr. Stanley’s suggestions in his sermon.

If you are not angry with someone, think of someone you should apologize to—whether it is over something recent, or in the past, and offer an apology and perhaps the gift of a card, flowers, or some gesture on your part to brighten their day.

Until tomorrow, have a blessed, wonderful Sunday!
CLOSING PRAYER: For the remainder of our devotions, please pray about whatever the Lord places in your heart and mind. I also ask that you pray for me as well. I pray daily for everyone who comes in contact with these devotions and feel blessed as a result.
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