10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh
Thinking about our sessions and what to talk about today, the word Forgiveness kept coming to mind. I do believe we cannot be successful unless we forgive. I will not be the one to tell you when your forgiveness should come as we all have different layers of hurts. However, I do understand that it is necessary. We can still love and not forgive. But this will come out in how we react to others. Understanding plants the seed of forgiveness to sprout. In these sessions we will receive emotional, spiritual, and scientific understanding but we will also receive understanding about ourselves and each other.
It is easier to forgive when we realize that WE are God’s masterpiece, made to do good works. Sometimes we can more easily find forgiveness when someone messes up because we have understanding what they’re capable of, understanding allows for forgiveness. He knew each of us in our mother’s womb and has already prepared His good works for us. There is no separation or discrimination here. What we see sometimes can barricade another in their addiction, depression, eating disorder ect. because we see a mess but God already created a masterpiece with a plan of good works.
When I think of this, God creating you and me beautiful with a plan, it reminds me of days that I couldn’t see my plan, I couldn’t find the beauty and never would think of myself as a masterpiece but truth is, it was there all the time, from the beginning. Our thought process forms from many different reasons, keeps us bound and possibly others. You see if the plan was made from the beginning, obtaining that plan doesn’t come from my good works but from the very love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. It was there all the time, waiting patiently for me to accept to go beyond my own notions and accept what he already has in store. It isn’t like we perceive it to be…. a mountain so high that we are constantly struggling to obtain grace and mercy, forgiveness and victory. That is our mindset and the mindset of our loved ones. Truth is, I sometimes fall back into this mindset, it is a habit…I relapse in my habit of struggling with rejection, hopelessness and unworthiness, EVEN I am not exempt from relapse, no I don’t turn to a drug but GOD but I do turn to sleep and honestly it can become a downward spiral as well…but when I have encouragement and love from other’s I once again can remember God’s got me and I cannot do enough, be enough to be loved, His love was freely given to me from day one. My memory is jarred by someone who is willing to freely give their love, to be like Jesus. Forgiveness was there from the beginning, we are not forgiven or good enough from our good works. However we are forgiven that we may be able to do good works for the glory of God, each of us…clean and unclean-OUR LABELS. Let’s constantly be reminders.
The separation between the Jews and the Gentiles, the clean vs. the unclean, the acceptable vs. the unacceptable was bridged by the blood of Jesus. No longer did you have to fit into a specific class or group to be a child of God. We now through grace can be grafted into the family of God regardless of our nationality, race, name, faults, failures….it is through his blood we all can obtain LIFE. It is through Him that we are able to do good works for his glory….and it is also through him that we find the HOPE in forgiving that our loved ones will too do good works for his glory. Not good works by our own ability but good works because we were enabled with a God plan from the beginning, just as they were. Godly Forgiveness, understanding, and kindness will bring you and your loved one together in peace. It will tear down the barricades of preconceived ideas, hurts, and failures, betrayal and so on. We were forgiven, we have obtained mercy, so that we can do those good works preset for us to do. Peter betrayed Jesus, three times…however because of forgiveness Peter became the driving agent of the Gospel, the rock, the church. The masterpiece and plan is there for your loved one as well. Let’s help them see themselves as Jesus see’s them, His masterpiece made for GOOD by treating them as Jesus has treated us.
Graft: a shoot or twig inserted into a slit on the trunk or stem of a living plant, from which it receives sap.
Dare to graft them in, regardless of what we can see…share the sap that feeds their soul to good health. Doesn’t mean enable but does mean forgive so that you may show love.