Challenges & Forgiveness

31 Jan

Sometimes God throws challenges our way and we don’t necessarily know why or how to handle them. Most of the time we are just grateful to get through them and come out at the end. However, God is generally trying to teach us something from them and help us grow.

Today started out pretty rough. I did not sleep well at all and I woke up 15 mins before my first class started. Then I had what was originally a really discouraging conversation with one of my best friends but it turned out very fruitful. Through this conversation we both learned how hard it is to forgive people. Its hard when you’ve been hurt by someone to wish them well or want to pray for them. I have in turn spent the most of the rest of today studying out forgiveness. I’ve read scriptures and quotes and talked to people about what it really means, how to put it into practice and how to know when we’ve achieved it.

Luke 6:37-38: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

Romans 12:18: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

“When you forgive, you love, and when you love, God’s light shines on you.” – Into the Wild

Philippians 4:8-9: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

One good thing that has come out of this day and the challenges I’ve had to face is that my fast from coffee is over. I was able to enjoy a delicious Valentine white mocha from Jittery Joe’s today. 🙂

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