Trust and forgiveness

Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.
-Rick Warren

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I have been hurt….. more than once…. I don’t really trust much now.  But I want to love, I just want the same in return.  I want to understand how you feel, help me to understand, but give me the same respect, in return.  When I seek to understand, and then tell you that I will wait until you ask how I felt in response to your actions, not wanting to blur our feelings…. and you never ask………  or when I ask if you think we have a communication problem, and you answer with your head in your comouter, that yes, we do…and then ignore me….

Lord Jesus, please give both of us a spirit of forgiveness, but also of working through the hard stuff.  Please lead us…. calm my hurt heart.  Thank you Jesus….

Fear

DAY 2

The Bible has a great deal to say about waiting for God, and the teaching cannot be too strongly emphasized. We so easily become impatient with God’s delays. Yet much of our trouble in life is the result of our restless, and sometimes reckless, haste. We cannot wait for the fruit to ripen, but insist on picking it while it is still green. We cannot wait for the answers to our prayers, although it may take many years for the things we pray for to be prepared for us. We are encouraged to walk with God, but often God walks very slowly. Yet there is also another side to this teaching: God often waits for us.

Quite often we fail to receive the blessing he has ready for us because we are not moving forward with him. While it is true we miss many blessings by not waiting for God, we also lose numerous blessings by overwaiting. There are times when it takes strength simply to sit still, but there are also times when we are to move forward with a confident step.

Many of God’s promises are conditional, requiring some initial action on our part. Once we begin to obey, he will begin to bless us. Great things were promised to Abraham, but not one of them could have been obtained had he waited in Ur of the Chaldeans. The ten lepers Jesus healed were told to show themselves to the priest, and “as they went, they were cleansed” (Luke 17:14 [emphasis added]). God was waiting to heal them, and the moment their faith began to work, the blessing came.

When the Israelites were trapped by Pharaoh’s pursuing army at the Red Sea, they were commanded to “move on” (Exodus 14:15). No longer was it their duty to wait, but to rise up from bended knees and “move on” with heroic faith.

J. R. Miller

I have had a lot of fear recently. The news scares me…. orlando…terrorism…babysitting…..certain staff and their instability….leaving town….

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Deuteronomy 20:1‭-‬4 NIV
http://bible.com/111/deu.20.1-4.NIV