Since I turned my life over to Jesus Christ about six months ago, I’ve been in the Word on a daily basis (sometimes multiple times within a day) and I’ve had the suspicion that the Bible is a “living” document. I have monthly Bible Reading Challenge journals that direct me to “somewhere” in the bible each day to read, and then journal about it.
On way more than one occasion (actually, nearly always), wherever I was directed to in the Bible, it unequivocally related to what was happening in my life – either it pertained to the very day before, but most times it pertained to that very day! Seriously?! Of course! God knows everything, about everyone, before they even know it. It amazes me how he directs and guides me each day and, in being a relatively new Christ Follower, I didn’t put the puzzle pieces together as quickly as someone else who’s further along in their Christian walk might’ve.
I have been struggling lately with being able to fully forgive and forget, to not be resentful, to “let go and let God”. This morning, before reading my daily Bible Challenge, I prayed to the Heavenly Father about it… hard. I then turned to my challenge for the day and it directed me to Colossians 3:12-17 ~ “12-Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13-You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14-and the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in Perfect Harmony. 15-and let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16-let the words of Christ, and all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and consulate others. Sing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful Hearts. 17-and whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
I’m not one of those people that has to be hit over the head with a two-by-four to “get it”! Message heard loud and clear, Lord! The fact that He always directs me to where I need to be in the Bible at the precise moment to understand, learn a lesson, and to be humbled, never ceases to amaze me. Quite frankly, God amazes me every, single day. The fact that He faithfully and lovingly will meet anyone, anywhere, any time, any place… right where they are. As my Pastor has said on more than one occasion, “God isn’t mad at you…He’s mad ‘about’ you!”, i.e., “He’s crazy about you… He loves you… He wants to turn your ‘messes’ into ‘messages’!”
I’m so very thankful and blessed that my Bible has a heartbeat!
~John 20:23 “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
~Let LoveLead The Way~ TP ❤️