Forgiveness, Repentance

Repentance is the means by which one accepts forgiveness already offered.

Not the means by which forgiveness is earned.

Forgiveness is a gift given; not a right deserved; nor a commodity bought.

Repentance is the way in which one holds out their own hand to accept the gift of forgiveness offered freely.

Forgive. Repent. Accept. Be changed.

Flexibility and Reform

I have just read a devotion by Chuck Swindoll on Insight For Living titled ‘Flexibility’ and based on Acts 16:6-10.

And I’m wondering…

Could it be that inflexibility and traditionalism don’t necessarily mean that one always refuses to do a new or different thing; but that one does all things – new and familiar – with the same old attitude, traits, judgementalism, blind following (lack of discernment), conformity, demand, prejudice, partiality, fear, insecurity…Reforming the things one does, without becoming a person reformed?

Just wondering.

Love

Oh, love; on earth’s elusive

Oh, love; what should you be

Oh, love; defined existence

Not love devised of me

 

I love; but with distortion

I love; but selfishly

I love; yet incompletely

Oh that Love, would love make me

 

Love’s desire; the best for others

Love’s desire; not giving in

Love’s desire; to show true favour

Of others, though undeservedly

 

Love is value; Love is constant

Love is humble; Love’s secure

Love is truth, belief and hope

Love is all that will endure

 

Love will stand and not be moved

Love, a compromise will not

Love is ever only constant

Sit under Love or wander lost

 

 

5/5/2014

In response to Weekly Word Challenge at Suzie81 Speaks

 

Whisper And Truth

Internal, infernal, a whisper eternal
A voice and a cry and a thought
Try to hide

It creeps and it seeps, try suppression to treat
But it scrapes and it claws up
Within won’t abide

Release and relief, expressed at length or in brief
An outlet, a fountain, a fissure
Soothing relief

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A strike and a light, the truth justified
Establishing, grounding in depths
Out of sight

The murmur, the mumble, the mutter of breath
Acknowledged and heard aloud
Exposed to the right

As murmur and thought, the voice and the cry
Find submission to truth and light
Peace will arrive

10/13 April 2014

We must try to state the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If we begin calling eleven inches a foot, we shall go on till we call one inch four-and-twenty. If we call a heifer a cow, we may one day call a dormouse a bullock. Once gone in for exaggeration…you have left the road of truth, and there is no telling where the crooked lane may lead you to. He who tells little lies will soon think nothing of great ones, for the principal is the same…It never rains but it pours; a little untruth leads on to a perfect shower of lying.

 

Tall Talk – From Charles Spurgeon

What I Learned or Was Reminded of Today

In discussions today during the ‘Growth Group’ I am part of, these things were mentioned:

We have a choice in how we wait for things

We can have an ‘earthly’ view (look at everything in relation to the present) or eternal view

We can – or do we – look back with hindsight

Focus on side-tracks can lead to deception/being deceived

Intensity may increase near to the end/delivery

A seed planted, has to have died first

Justice should be taken very seriously

The hard and painful stuff will have an end, but He who is absolute truth will not

Pay attention to the signs

Look with and not through the eyes (Michael Card’s words)