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52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 36

This verse is easy for anyone of any faith or no faith to understand.

May God add His blessing to the reading, understanding, and doing of this verse.

Love your enemies,

bless them that curse you,

do good to them that hate you, and

pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. 

Matthew 5:44

KJV

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Prayer

May the word I have read, Lord, be planted deeply in my mind and heart.
Help me not to walk away and forget it, but to meditate on it and obey it
and so built my life on the rock of your truth.

(from Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God for Everyday Circumstances) non-affiliate

 

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

Weekend Wisdom: Forgive One Another + A Homework Assignment

 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Luke 23:34

The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.  

Mahatma Gandhi

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.  

Lewis B. Smedes

“Forgiveness – The Power to Change the Past,”

Christianity Today, 7 January 1983

  

Forgiveness is a funny thing.  It warms the heart and cools the sting.  

William Arthur Ward

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.  

Oscar Wilde

Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk.  If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator.  Forgiving seems almost unnatural.  Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do.  But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.

Lewis B. Smedes

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mark 11:25

Homework

Now here is your homework assignment:

Forgive the groundhog if he saw his shadow.         😉