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- 2018 was a year full of repeat lessons.
- Bridge burning is a military strategy–bridges were literally burned to intimidate the enemy and/or spur the soldiers to fight to the finish, since there was no way to retreat.
- While I get the zeal and purpose for burning a bridge, when the battle is over—the rebuild must come—and that can be a challenge.
- Apologies do not always come before forgiveness..in fact, many times, God wants us to forgive BEFORE and in LIEU of an official apology. Just like He does for us.
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men (I Corinthians 14:20).
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression (Proverbs 19:11).
So… what are your thoughts about 2018? What are your takeaways from this year? How will you apply what you’ve learned to this upcoming year? Let’s talk some more about this—head down to the comment section so we can continue our dialogue. Next time we’re together, we’ll plan to talk a couple of more things I walked away with.
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2 thoughts on “TWO lessons I learned over 2018.”
I’ve burned so many bridges. I’m really open and put myself out there with people. I set expectations that people will be like me, and when they’re not, I tend to withdraw. I’ve asked God for wisdom concerning this, but even in my old age, it’s an issue I have to stay before Him about. I end up feeling silly or hurt and just bow out. People are all different with different life experiences and things going on. We’re all unique and we have to learn to accept each other wherever we are. This definitely requires adapting and overlooking, even forgiving without a bunch of pomp and circumstance. Isn’t that how our Father is with us? We deserve to be cut off, but He corrects us and keeps us going every day. He doesn’t beat us over the head. He wants us to repent and move on. We should be the same with each other, whether a person comes to us to clear the air or not.
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I loved what you said about expectations. I was talking to a person a good while back about how we may have certain expectations about how people should behave, what they say and do, and if they do not meet or exceed the expectations, we will cut them off with a quickness, citing they are full of the enemy. And that is not always true–to your point, they just may have a different way of doing things. Different doesn’t mean we cut off the love and forgiveness per offense. If God did that to us….😢
Excellent points, Angel! Good to have you on the conversation board!