Who are you to judge another’s servant?  To his own master he stands or fails.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” [Romans 14:4 NKJ]

In his book ‘Healing for Damaged Emotions’ David Seamands writes. “There is no forgiveness from God unless you freely forgive your brother from your heart.  And I wonder if we have been too narrow in thinking that “brother” only applies to someone else.  What if YOU are the brother or sister who needs to be forgiven, and you need to forgive yourself?”

Either we have heard or we have said the words—come on—lighten up!  What we are trying to say is—its okay—everyone makes mistakes—God knows—He loves you—forgive yourself He has! If you are wondering this morning where your joy has gone—turn back to Him—trust in His finished work and know joy again by truly forgiving yourself.

See yourself of great value to God who knows the frailty of man and made a pathway—stepping stones of forgiveness and freedom from self inflicted bondage of guilt or sense of guilt. In spite of the pain you are precious, let the past go [everything prior to this moment is the past] and trust the promises of God.   “ In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”  [Isaiah 30:15] Forgiving yourself puts you in-touch with your deeply felt need of God’s warmth, love and compassion and will give you the capacity to celebrate with confidence the relationship you have with your Master—He will always give you strength to stand!  .

Take a moment and read Reflections by Diane

Update on Missionaries to Austria [Kathleen, Daniel and Ava Grace]