Archive for the ‘Forgiveness’ Category

Selecting Spares

15/02/2013

We drive a Toyota which is now 6 years old. That means parts need replacing. Original parts from authorised appointed mechanics are expensive therefore knowing where to get the best selection toyota oem parts will save costs. We are glad to be able to source parts from good sources, especially when we come across this!

Innova

Yes, someone hit our bumper and drove off…. Sigh…. Need to spend time to forgive whoever did this….

 

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You Cant Turn the Clock Back

13/07/2009

Words spoken. Opinions expressed. Thoughts shared.

You can’t take them back no matter how they were given, or received.

Consequences good, bad, or neutral will take place.

You can’t turn the clock back if you don’t like it.

If after making amends for the bad, you can’t change anything, just close the chapter.

Then move forward and make a new beginning.

It’s the only way to live.

To Do Or Not To Do

13/12/2008

It can be so painful.

Some people are like porcupines. Touchy. So they are sensitive. Prickly. So they can hurt you when they feel threatened. Even if your intentions are good.

Paul understood that. “For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I write to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.” 2 Corinthians 2:4

But then he then went on to talk about forgiveness and to offer comfort to the offender!

It is a fact – not everyone who has wronged us will seek our forgiveness.
But Paul, despite what he has gone through, encourages forgiveness!

Does forgiveness come easy? No. Of course not. But it has to be done. It is a choice to be made. In fact, Paul calls it a test of obedience – to forgive is to obey! (2 Corinthians 2:9) If we seek to walk in obedience, forgiveness is not an option.
In verse 11, Paul offers another reason – if we don’t, we fall into one of Satan’s trap. That’s right. He has his schemes, that evil one. And unforgiveness is one of them!

If we are living with unforgiveness, we ar the ones trapped. I know of someone who suffered a lot. Victimized for being poor, picked on for speaking for righteousness, bypassed for being the wrong colour… you got the picture. He ended up ill. His heart couldn’t bear it. He had to stop work early. His life was very limited. Until he discovered Jesus. Through his new relationship, he learned to forgive, and to let go. His medication reduced. He had a new lease of life. He even travelled for holidays.

Yes, when we release forgiveness, we ourselves are set free. We no longer have bitterness that will eat into us and cause us to be bound. Furthermore, as the Lord Himself taught us, He will “forgive our sins as we forgive the sins of others.”
So Paul encourages a forgiving nature. Don’t “simpan dalam hati” meaning don’t keep inside your heart. Learn to let go. Paul did. We need to learn to do that too.

If you have problems forgiving someone, take time out with another Christian you can trust. This person should be mature so you can share honestly, without being gossipy. Don’t do character assassination as you share. Try to remain factual. Then let the other Christian pray with and for you. Exercise James 5:16 “Confess your trespass to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed”

When All Is Lost

11/12/2008

Just as I posted about forgiveness yesterday, here is a news report about a grief-stricken father.

Meet Dong Yun Yoon. He is a shop manager in San Diego, California. A fighter jet fell from the sky and crashed into his house. This is the scene of devastation where his home once stood. He had just moved in weeks ago. He lost three generations of his family – his wife, his mother-in-law and his two baby girls.Amazingly, as he spoke, standing a short distance from the charred remains of the house, he said: “I pray for him not to suffer for this action.” Further, “I don’t have any hard feelings, I know he did all he could”

He added that he believed “my wife and two babies and mother-in-law are in heaven with God”.

As he fought back the tears, the forgiveness he extended from such a big heart did not remove the pain of his loss.

He stood, surrounded by his pastor, sister, brother and church members. ‘I don’t know what to do,’ begging for advice on how to cope after losing his loved ones. “Please tell me how to do it,” he said. “I don’t know what to do.”
Rescue workers sifting through the wreckage after the crash discovered the bodies of Mr Yoon’s 37-year-old wife, Young Mi, her mother, Suk Im Kim, 60, and his two-month-old daughter, Rachel. They found his two year old Grace later.
The young pilot pilot parachuted at the last minute, saying that he had stayed with the plane as long as he could. He landed a short distance from his broken, blazing F-18 jet which plowed into the neighbourhood. The plane had smashed through the Yoons’ living room before exploding into a fireball, destroying three other houses. The pilot’s was reported to have said I hope I didn’t kill anybody.”

But he did.

And he has been forgiven.

I hope he can forgive himself.

Sudden Loss – How One Family Deals With It

07/11/2008

What do you do when you lose someone unexpectedly? How do you react?

Recently I heard that a friend lost his father in a violent way. Murder is never nice. The murderer has confessed. But the loss remains.

Anger. Frustration. Sorrow. Fear. Just some of the many emotions one would normally go through in bereavement.

HOW CAN ANYONE CELEBRATE AT A TIME LIKE THIS?

Well, as one of the family members was praying and being silent before the Lord, she saw a picture of her father telling her not to be sad. After all, he was in heaven. Furthermore, the father said that they should forgive the murderer!

So celebrate they did, and they will issue a statement these few days to say that they forgive the murderer!

The wonderful thing about being a Christian is that good byes are never forever.