Have You Been “Burned”?

Have You Been “Burned”?

  “Watch out that no [bitter] root…grows up [among] you.” Heb 12:15 NLT

Have you been “burned” by people? You’re not alone, we all have. But instead of being consumed by it, God tells you to forgive it and let it go. When you deny your feelings and stew under the surface, you give the Devil the advantage over you (See 2Co 2:11). But by dealing scripturally with the situation your painful experiences can make you better-not bitter. If you’re struggling with bitterness today do these three things: (1) Forgive. Forgiveness isn’t based on an emotion. Don’t wait until you “feel” like it, decide today to let the offense go. When you do, God’s Spirit will calm your emotions and help you overcome the urge to retaliate. Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). Since you yourself will always need to make withdrawals, God calls you to keep making “mercy deposits.” (2) Pray about it. The moment you sense resentment, turn to God and He will give you the strength to act in love rather than react in anger. When you commit to living this way He promises to give you “power to keep [yourself] calm in the days of adversity” (Ps 94:13 AMP). (3) Think scripturally. Look up every verse you can find on showing forgiveness and meditate on them. Remember, each time you choose to do the right thing, a little more of the old you dies and the new you develops. That’s how God prepares you for greater blessing. But you must be in position to receive it. So decide now that although you’ve been “burned,” you won’t become bitter.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. barbara giles wrote:

Please pray that I will be more forgiving and to show more of God's love!

Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 8:46 PM

2. Hameed wrote:
Thanks for the additional input vkw. I hadn't thhugot about binaries that may work/look different just based on the product id that's definitely something I'm going to have to start looking for!I definitely get the cost savings of code reuse, and that's a good thing especially if it means I can buy stuff cheaper. But looking at these systems from a security/hacking perspective, it's always interesting to find the similarities in code and hardware.

Wed, February 26, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

3. missionariesofthenewevangelisation.com wrote:
Why Church? Let s be clear on the question. By Church, you (and the blog series creators) seem to be referring to any number of political institutions called churches in our world. I reject this definition of the word as far too narrow and limiting. The Church is the Body of Christ Universal all believers everywhere and in whatever groups they gather in. This certainly includes, but is not limited to, those institutions.The Church exists whether defined within such constructs as denominations, pastorates, parishes, buildings and meeting times or not. No institution other than Christian community is necessary for the Church to be present and active. Conversely, a church entity may exist without being in any way connected to the Body (cf. Westboro Baptist Church). In my experience, I have found more healthy, life-giving expressions of the Body of Christ outside modern church institutions over the past decade than within them. That is not to say that these institutions are all evil or corrupt (though some certainly are), but that constructs of ministry and Christian community and especially definitions of what the Church is can no longer be so narrowly defined. As long as they are, doors to dynamic, whole-life engagement of faith especially for those who inherently distrust institutional constructs will remain closed.Why Church? Because the community of faith in Christ is enormous, beautiful, diverse and essential to well-lived faith. For me, though, institutions called churches in the modernistic sense are rarely a part of the equation. Why? Because I find it far more challenging and rewarding to integrate my faith into the whole of life without those organizations. Involvement with such groups has tended, in my experience, to create unhealthy dependency, disillusionment and disappointment and a constant battle against attending The Jesus Show every week without truly seeking after and being challenged by Christ. I ve chosen to let go of that constant cognitive dissonance, the battle between faith and church politics and the false identity portrayed by most who engage in the Sunday ritual. The slope is too slippery and the price too steep if I fall into false religiosity. Instead, I find faith more vibrant when it must be constantly challenged and won, lived and breathed, sought and discovered. Churches as the modern world has defined them work for some and if you&

Fri, February 28, 2014 @ 3:35 AM

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