The Sermon on the Mount: Day 6

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Hosea 6:6

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

For I desire faithful love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
- Hosea 6:6

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  • aprilinsydney

    Thank you ladies for your insight on reconciliation/forgiveness, and for sharing stories that are similar to mine. I’m saddened so many of us seem to be in the same boat with broken relationships — and a part of me is also relieved I’m not the only one (sorry). Big love to you all.

  • aprilinsydney

    Sorry that for Sarah D ^^^

  • aprilinsydney

    Praying you are feeling better soon! Hot water with fresh lemon, fresh ginger (crushed) and Manuka honey – if you can get it – works wonders!! Eat the honey from the jar, don’t put it in the hot water as it diminishes its effect. X

  • Hey all, can you please pray for me? I’m here at Liberty, but unfortunately am sick with a bad cold…just prayers for healing quickly and that I will be able to take care of myself, as well as be able to keep up with my homework.

    • Sarah D.

      Love you all!

    • truthseeker

      Praying for God’s blessings on you and for quick healing and that you may be able to care for yourself and keep up with your homework. I pray that God will protect you and comfort you.

  • Grateful for Grace day as I have a lot of catching up to do. Going on a long run because it helps me to think. Many things going on in my life and I need to process. Most important right now for me is my sister Patty please pray for her. She lives in Florida and hurricane Irma is supposed to hit her area. She works at a hospital where she will be on lockdown. Her main prayer is for the patients. She also said she may not have a home when this is over.

    • G

      Praying right now. So thankfulthat we can trust our Lord in every situation.

    • churchmouse

      Prayers being said for protection and safety for your sister, her home and the hospital. God bless all the helpers who are staying because they must serve.

  • Based on yesterday’s posts, it seems that many of us are struggling with the process of forgiveness and reconciliation. Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have much wisdom to share about the process of forgiveness and reconciliation:
    “Some people continue to allow others to harm them because they wrongly believe that, to be loving and forgiving, they must keep giving in to the other person’s demands or lifestyle. Other people avoid forgiveness due to the fear that it requires a lowering their boundaries and allowing the person to hurt them again. Such misconceptions takes place due to not understanding the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. God is clear that we always need to forgive, but He is also clear that you cannot always reconcile with the person who hurt you.” (Cloud & Townsend).

    “Whereas forgiveness focuses on releasing the past, reconciliation is a matter of having a healthy future with proper boundaries” (Cloud & Townsend).

    When relationships have been broken (either sibling relationships, marital relationships, or parent and child relationships), there is so much pain. Yet here it is in God’s Word that we should not harbor unappeasable anger toward each other… Hearing Jesus’ instructions might create fear and frustration. We might think, “I am hurting and God is telling us to not be angry? Doesn’t he understand all that I have been through with this person!?” I propose that God is not calling us to magically get rid of our hurt. I believe, he is calling our hearts to a state that, instead of being hard and impenetrable, is soft and moldable. Jesus does not call us to forget hurt from relationships, but he invites us into the PROCESS of forgiveness. Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend (the authors of the Boundaries book series) make a great distinction between forgiveness and reconciliation. They say, “Though we should desire it when possible, reconciliation cannot always take place because it involves the cooperation of both people”. So how can we as individuals move toward forgiveness? It requires grieving. Anger is part of the grieving process because,

    “forgiveness means “that we will never get from the other person what was owed us [because we have decided to cancel the debt and not try to collect]. And this is what we do not like, because it involves grieving for what will never be. (Boundaries, p. 263).” Realizing grieving is part of the healing process, we have to allow ourselves to grieve over the fact that the past cannot be changed; it cannot be the way we wished it would have been. Unforgiveness keeps you involved in the destructive relationship because you are still expecting some form of repayment from the harmful person. Allow yourself to grieve over the past so that you can release it, be freed from it, and live for the present and future.” (Cloud & Townsend)

    Anger of what has been lost is a part of the forgiveness process. BUT IT IS NOT THE END! This is what Jesus is saying in the sermon on the mount. The word for anger that he uses refers to an anger that is hardened. So Sisters, within the safe spaces where jesus is present, get angry. greive what was lost through broken relationships. But dont stay there. allow jesus to come into those spaces and move you to forgiveness. Reconcilliation may not occur but Jesus invites us by his example to FORGIVENESS.
    (Read more at– receivehealing.com/blog/107/forgiveness-or-reconciliation-understanding-the-difference/)

    • Brandi

      Thank you for this!

    • chrystal

      this was very helpful. Thanks for sharing Aimee Joy

    • Veronica

      This is so good! Thank you!

    • Michele

      Very, very good! Thank you for sharing!

    • Mari

      Thank you for this AmiJoy. Just got back from a long run and read this. I have some catching up to do but so glad I read your post. I’m actually waiting for one their books to come in I really need to read it. But thank you for so much your insight I needed it today.

      • mary lou

        This beautifully expresses the difference. Thank you for pointing me to these two gifted men and their book.

    • churchmouse

      Thank you. I so need this!

    • Mimi

      Thank you for sharing this post. I’m grateful for the insight and will be sharing this blessing to others. Remain blessed.

  • Ashley BB

    Want to share with you ladies, a prayer that our pastor sent out, would you join us?

    “And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” (Mark 4:39)

    Father, in the Name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for help. We humble ourselves before your mighty hand. We pray, seeking very face – your very presence, as Hurricane Irma is coiled like a rattlesnake poised to strike our land.  

    We repent of our national and individual sins, we desire, by your grace, to turn from every evil way.  We continue to cry out to you for Houston. Have mercy upon this city and her people. 

    Father, we, as a nation, have shed innocent blood. We have tried to destroy those created in your image. We have not defended the lives of the innocent unborn, the widows and orphans, and the oppressed of the land. We have acted unjustly, unforgiving, revengeful, and violent. We have polluted the airways and entertained ourselves with lust, greed, and unwholesome talk. We have sinned against you and your creation. We turn, by your grace, from every evil way.

    Thank you for the blood of Jesus, shed for our sins, and the sins of our land. We plead the blood of Christ over every polluted place in our land. We praise you for the power of the blood of the everlasting covenant to forgive every sin and cleanse from all unrighteousness.

    Thank you for making us your sons and daughters through faith in Christ. We praise you for the authority you have given us on this earth as your dearly loved children  

    We ask you to bind and rebuke hurricane irma from the land and people of Haiti, the Bahamas, Cuba, Florida and the United States. We stand, as your kingdom of priests, and declare to this hurricane, “You have no authority here. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is Lord of this land. We are a people bought with the blood of the Lamb, purchased by His scars, surrendered to His purposes on this earth. 

    Lord, we pray that this hurricane will not go into Florida, or even onto the East Coast. We ask you in Jesus name that Irma would start heading north now and hook back into the Atlantic Ocean and dissipate. 

    Hurricane Irma, peace be still, in Jesus name! 

    Father send your holy ministering angels to the shores of our East Coast. Protect our people and our land. Usher this storm back into the sea of your peace. 

    We ask this in Jesus name, that You Father, may be glorified in the Son.  Amen.

  • Amen and Amen! Glory be to the King of Kings! Thank you Lord for what you’re doing and about to do.

  • Elisabeth7291

    Amen

  • churchmouse

    Your Word tells us that these natural disasters are harbingers of things yet to come. We repent of ignoring You in times of peace and prosperity. We become complacent. Forgive us, Lord and be merciful. May we be found faithful today and all our tomorrows in loving You with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. May we not give in to fear today or of the future but continue to trust in Your promises. Lord, let us love out neighbor as ourselves, especially reaching out to help in these times of great need. May we do so in Your name so that all glory goes to You. Calm the storm that is both without and within. Extend Your hand and say “Peace. Be still.” Give wisdom to those in leadership. Bless and protect the helpers. May many be drawn to You because they see You in the hands and feet of the Church as we help the needy. Let us be known as Your followers by our love in this opportunity and the days to follow. We cry out to You. You are our refuge, our strong tower. There is no other god but You. We thank You for Your amazing grace and Your help in time of need. Amen and amen.

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