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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Can I Forgive Them?

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots.

Such all abiding love through forgiveness is difficult for me to imagine. I still remember when my step-grandfather used to say to me, "Debbie, you've been putting on a little weight." Of course, I was always hurt by this. I always wondered what he was thinking to make a comment like this. Didn't he know that I could tell I was gaining weight every time I looked in a mirror, something I avoided like the plague. I could tell every time I tried to button my pants, to the point that I went to all elastic waist bands. I could tell every time people ignored my comments or suggestions. I could tell every time I saw others with a group of friends laughing and looking in my direction-although I realize now, I may have misinterpreted this.

Sure, we can avoid some people who are rude and insensitive to us, but those in our family, our workplace, our church, etc. may not be as easy to avoid. Then, what??? All I can do is to rely on the healing touch that Jesus provides when we follow His example. He forgave those who divided up His clothes and cast lots for them. He forgave those who were involved in His Crucifixion. He forgave all those who ignored Him and were rude to Him. Jesus forgives those who are weak like me.

If Jesus can forgive all my shortcomings, I can surely be open to His healing my heart to forgive others who have hurt me, as well. Can I do this alone? I need to pray and ask Jesus to heal my heart, to provide me with a more forgiving nature, and the willingness to let me forgive them. Some times, I still want to hold a grudge against some, but I have to turn those feelings over to Jesus' forgiving nature to heal. Debbie

Since I have used this Bible passage as an example of how God has positively influenced my overeating, this does not necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the verse.

Healthy Weight Loss Tips Video: 60 Second Inspiration--Stacy Bauer
by: Stacy Bauer, Bay Athletic Club, WBKBTV via You Tube

I have decided to include Weight Loss Tip Videos instead of the Healthy Tips I have been doing prior to this to provide a wide variety of tips for weight loss. See Disclaimer. I, personally, lost the weight through prayer and good nutrition, and do not promote any weight loss gimmicks. Debbie

Disclaimer: Please consult a physician and be prayerful before considering any of the tips presented in these Weight Loss Tips Videos or their ads. I am not responsible for the content of the videos or their ads. Debra Seiling 

Please put a healthy tip, comment, recipe, joy, or prayer under comments.  Thanks! Debbie

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