A New Man

Good morning brothers and sisters. Today is a new day. I went to church yesterday like some people do. I was sitting and listening to the pastor and he was talking about scars. We all have them whether they are physical or emotional but we have them. But he made a point that I had not considered as I was thinking on some things. He said, "Scars are wounds that are healed and they are beautiful but scabs are wounds that are not healed, which do you have?" And I have to admit, I was still pretty mad over some recent events. I wanted to tell someone how I felt, how they had truly hurt me. Every time I would go and send the text, I would erase it. I never sent it. God sent me Colossians 3:12-17. So let me share with you the thoughts and feelings I had as I was reading this. 12- Therefore as the ELECT of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering. In my heart, I was the elect of God and these are the qualities that I am to show each and every person, no matter the hurt. Ok God. 13- bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if anyone has complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. He gently reminded me that I must forgive. Where would I be if Christ did not forgive me because I hurt Him. I don't even want to think about that because I am pretty sure that I hurt Him often. That is why I kept erasing the text, because I was hurt and had unforgiveness on my heart. It hurt but it didn't destroy me. 14- But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. I had to lay it down and love them. I know that you don't want to but you must. They probably didn't even know that they hurt me and even if they did, they were not carrying it around, I was. And love is the complete opposite of hate or even being mad. 15- And let the peace of God rule in your hearts to which also you were called in one body and be thankful. God's peace has now entered into my heart and I am ok. It may hurt but there is a lot of thankfulness that can be going on. I am thankful that it didn't destroy me. I am thankful that I listened to the Holy Spirit because if I didn't things could have gone much worse. 16- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. I have to replace my hurt and anger with His word. Sometimes I just start praising and worshipping Him and the release of the hurt comes. And today I am doing verse 17- And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. This is how I know I am a new woman. I let Christ comfort me and show me how to respond, which in this situation, is not to respond at all. I am the ELECT of God, I must chose to act like it. So now my scab has become a scar and my faith in Jesus is that much stronger and my relationship with Jesus is that much deeper all because I chose to obey His nudging. Oh and one more thing, thank you pastor for listening to the Holy Spirit because your words helped me. Do have scabs or scars? Don't keep picking at the scabs and not letting them heal, give it to Jesus and He will make a scar. Have a blessed day and rise up child of God, rise up!

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