Horizontal Let Go

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IDOK Devotion for Friday, November 19, 2010

Today I heard Chris Shook say:

” A Loving relationship is as much about what you let go of as much as what you hold on to.”

How would that revolutionize our relationships with spouses, children, family, friends?

Letting go of our ‘right to hold it against them’ does not let them off the hook . . . it lets US off the hook!

Forgiveness.  One of the greatest gifts ever given to mankind. The only one that tops it is LOVE.  And yet these gifts come wrapped together, for only love enables one to forgive. And forgiveness enables us to love.

So what do you need to let go of so a loving relationship can continue? And will you do it?

Philippians 3: (New American Standard Bible) 13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Obedience to these verses matures us as Christians  and yet as we embrace them for JESUS sake, to know Him and become more like Him, we will find ourselves letting go horizontally, giving way for other relationships to keep on going and going.

Sweet Blessings Be upon each of you this weekend!

Praying for These

Holy hugs, kt

1 comments on “Horizontal Let Go”

  1. This is such a timely devotion (again) for me! I have heard myself say things today to friends about others that do not reflect Jesus’ love. This devotion has shown me that just because others act wrongly toward us…we should not think or act wrongly toward them. Some folks have been taking advantage of my daughter-in-law and I told her she should stop doing favors for them because they were acting rudely. I have prayed for them to stop doing these things against her but they have continued. She became upset and cried over this and I reacted with the advice to stop helping them until they learned to appreciate her service to them. I will tell her tomorrow that I am sorry and we should pray more for these people and not stop doing things for them but show them we can care for those who talk and act against us in a Christ-reflecting way. My daughter-in-law knew I was angry against these folks and she said she wouldn’t stop helping them but she was hurt. They took her help for granted and acted in an ugly way around her all the while depending on her goodness to help them. Thank you for your devotion to Him and to us.

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