Showing posts with label Life Instructions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life Instructions. Show all posts

Wednesday

BEAUTY HINTS AT NO COST

for Wrinkled Brows............ try the wellknown cream, Sweetness of Temper.  Iit tones up the facial muscles, reduces wrinkles, and is very uplifting

for the Lips........................ use the marvelous lipstick Silence. It is particularly good for lips that have been distorted by uncharitable gossips

for lovely Hands................. there´s really only one preparation to use. It is called Generosity, get a large size jar.

for Facial tone..................... expose the face to the morning air, specially between 6 and 8 o'clock.. The air on the way to mass is very refreshing and upliftin.

for clear Eyes....................... faithful care what that tried and true protective preparation, MODESTY ..

for the best results I recommend that you carry it with you wherever you go.

A wonderful cleansing agent.......CONFESSION aN Ideal Conditioner and Beautifier.....Holy Communion.

Thanks to a dear friend in facebook who shared this words! Indeed very inspiring!

Friday

The Mayonnaise Jar

 This is quite a good story to share with you. My friend in facebook posted this one.  She did not  mentioned who the author  really is. Thanks for this wonderful words. This is simply very inspiring. Keep reading below and i hope you get some lessons!

"When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

Thursday

Inspiring Thoughts for New Year

Enjoying life? Father God, let us not forget though to help especially those that are in need. Help others to succeed as we strive to do our best. I pray that our presence will make the atmosphere better . Laugh more and enjoy life, but cry and show mercy with those that are hurting. Let us to be able to grow in our own failures. Thank you for letting us enjoy every small details in our lives. Be thankful for the thousand things we sometimes take for granted. Help us to be humble in all our ways. Be our guide Lord in the year 2014 and all the years to come. .

Thanks to my friend in FB who  shared these  very inspiring  words. This is simply awesome!
Happy New Year 2014!

Monday

Daily Nourishment- James 2:1-9

There are no second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God. One of the beauties of the Gospel is precisely this truth – that salvation is achieved in exactly the same way for all men and women, namely through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This means that we cannot consider any one person better than another one. We are all equal in the eyes of God.

James 2:1-9

1 My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. 2 For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here, please,” while you say to the poor one, “Stand there,” or “Sit at my feet,” 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil designs? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? 6 But you dishonored the poor. Are not the rich oppressing you? And do they themselves not haul you off to court? 7 Is it not they who blaspheme the noble name that was invoked over you? 8 However, if you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
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Wednesday

Gospel Inspiration-Mark 3:31-35

This is an important truth – it is those who hear the Word of God and obey it that please God. Today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, a great apologist and evangelist for the Church at around the time of the Reformation, whose life reflected this truth in a wonderful way. He spent much time sitting and talking with the influential people of his time, convincing them to remain faithful to the Church. He wrote much about the love of God and inspired many through his life of love and service.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Mark 3:31-35

31 The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside they sent word to Jesus and called him. 32 A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.” 33 But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 35 For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

think: Those who hear the Word of God and obey it please God.

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Saturday

Daily Inspiration- 2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19

David is not ashamed to sing and dance before the presence of God in the Ark of the Covenant. His joy is something we do well to reflect upon as it indicates the joy we should have in our hearts at the gift of salvation offered to us through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Where is the joy in our hearts and lives at this moment? If it is not there we need to ask ourselves where it is, and then go and get it!

2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19

12 David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities. 13 As soon as the bearers of the ark of the Lord had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the Lord with abandon, 15 as he and all the Israelites were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn. 17 The ark of the Lord was brought in and set in its place within the tent David had pitched for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 When he finished making these offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 19 He then distributed among all the people, to each man and each woman in the entire multitude of Israel, a loaf of bread, a cut of roast meat, and a raisin cake. With this, all the people left for their homes.

Daily Inspiration- Numbers 6:22-27

Blessings are always a sign of God’s pleasure. We forget about this at times, therefore, we do not fully appreciate the significance of receiving a blessing from Him. When we meet someone we greet them and ask them how they are doing. It is a sign of politeness to do this, just as it is a sign of God’s favour when we receive His blessing. Let us open our hearts anew this year with greater expectation and openness to receiving the blessings of God in whatever form they may come.

Numbers 6:22-27

22 The Lord said to Moses: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24 The Lord bless you and keep you! 25 The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! 26 The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! 27 So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

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Sunday

Daily Inspiration- 1 Samuel 1:9-20

We see the anguish of a woman who is barren in Hannah’s willingness to give her child to the Lord for His service. Anything is better than having to endure the shame of barrenness, even having to give up the child after he is born and is old enough to serve the Lord in the Temple. I wonder if we have ever known that level of desperation? We should have known it in our desire to get rid of all the sin in our lives!

1 Samuel 1:9-20

9 Hannah rose after meal at Shiloh, and presented herself before the Lord; at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair near the doorpost of the Lord’s temple. 10 In her bitterness she prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously, 11 and she made a vow, promising “O Lord of hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you remember me and do not forget me, if you give your handmaid a male child, I will give him to the Lord for as long as he lives; neither wine nor liquor shall he drink, and no razor shall ever touch his head.” 12 As she remained long at prayer before the Lord, Eli watched her mouth, 13 for Hannah was praying silently; though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard. Eli, thinking her drunk, 14 said to her, “How long will you make a drunken show of yourself? Sober up from your wine!” 15 “It isn’t that, my Lord,” Hannah answered. “I am an unhappy woman. I have had neither wine nor liquor; I was only pouring out my troubles to the Lord. 16 Do not think your handmaid a ne’er-do-well; my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery.” 17 Eli said, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” 18 She replied, “Think kindly of your maidservant,” and left. She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and no longer appeared downcast. 19 Early the next morning they worshipped before the Lord, and then returned to their home in Ramah. When Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah, the Lord remembered her. 20 She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the Lord for him.

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Daily Inspiration- Galatians 4:4-7

We are subject to all types of laws. How do we understand the blessing of these laws? They are a blessing as they help us to understand what theCdemands of God, society or life in general make upon us. It is not for us to determine right and wrong in an absolute sense. The Law does this for us. It is up to us how we follow the law in our lives.

Galatians 4:4-7

4 Brothers and sisters: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 As proof that you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then also an heir, through God.

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Friday

Daily Inspiration- Luke 1:46-56

In her song of praise to the Lord, Mary extols His goodness, mercy and kindness, particularly to the poor and the helpless. God had done extraordinary things in her life in making Mary the mother of His Son, Jesus. Yet it had come at a great cost and Mary was willing to make herself unreservedly available to the Lord and to His purposes. If we, too, want God to do great things for us, we must follow Mary’s example of self-offering and abandonment to God.

Luke 1:46-56

46 Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; 47 my spirit rejoices in God my savior. 48 For he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generation will call me blessed: 49 the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. 50 His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. 51 He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. 52 He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. 53 The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, 55 according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.” 56 Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

my reflections
t h i n k : T he prayers of a mother are very powerful and can sway the heart of God.

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Monday

Daily Inspiration- Romans 10:9-18

Confession and belief support each other. When we speak out our faith, it is confirmed and strengthened. So it is a good idea to have some key faith-building Scriptures written out on some cards or on our cell phones so that we can read and speak them out during the day. It is a great way to strengthen our faith and affirm our trust in God for His help and blessings.

Romans 10:9-18

9 Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 For the scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? 15 And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news!” 16 But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?” 17 Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. 18 But I ask, did they not hear? Certainly they did; for “their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”
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Wednesday

Daily Inspiration- Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is like having a personal trainer in our spiritual life who is always with us to counsel and guide us. He speaks into our hearts and suggests what we should do in different situations. We can either ignore this gentle voice or obey Him. If we ignore Him, His voice will get weaker and weaker until we fail to hear Him. He never makes demands on us but invites us to respond to Him. Let us be attentive and obedient to His voice so that we can benefit from His counsel.

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

19 Thus says the LORD, Go, the Holy One of Israel: O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem, no more will you weep; he will be gracious to you when you cry out, as soon as he hears he will answer you. 20 The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst. No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher, 21 while from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or to the left. 23 He will give rain for the seed that you sow in the ground, and the wheat that the soil produces will be rich and abundant. On that day your cattle will
graze in spacious meadows; 24 the oxen and the asses that till the ground will eat silage tossed to them with shovel and pitchfork. 25 Upon every high mountain and lofty hill there will be streams of running water. On the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall, 26 the light of the moon will be like that of the sun and the light of the sun will be seven times greater like the light of seven days. On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people, he will heal the bruises left by his blows.

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Inspiring Advent Reading-Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7

The Prophet Isaiah is aware of the people’s infidelities and unfaithfulness to God, yet he hopes in the goodness and mercy of God to deliver and save them. We see from this text that even repentance and conversion are God’s gifts to us. We are helpless and totally lost without God’s help. We should never lose hope in God for He is our Father who tenderly watches over us, His children, lest we stray too far.

Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7

16 You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever. 17 Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage. 19 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you, 64: 2 while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for, 3 such as they had not heard of from of old.No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. 4 Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways! Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful; 5 all of us have become like unclean men, all our good deeds are like polluted rags; we have all withered like leaves, and our guilt carries us away like the wind. 6 There is none who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to cling to you; for you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt. 7 Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter we are all the work of your hands.

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Monday

There Are Treasures In Your Trials

Do you experience trials and difficulties at the moment? Are there problems that are bothering you? Are you grieving because you just lost a loveone or a friend? Each and everyone has its own story of trials and problems. Always there are always solutions on it. More on that, keep your hope and faith. One day you will find that the cross you are carrying is gone.

Here is a very inspiring sharing from Bo Sanchez.

"There Are Treasures In Your Trials

Today, I’d like to talk about hope. Let me explain to you how important hope is. May I ask you to do an experiment?

For ten minutes, don’t breathe. After ten minutes, evaluate your experience. Write it down. Like how you saw a light at the end of a tunnel. And saw Angels for the first time. And then ask Archangel Michael to deliver your written report to my house.

Just kidding. You need oxygen to survive. Well, I believe hope is like oxygen. You need hope to live everyday.

May I share?

I’m not just a preacher. I’m also an entrepreneur. And I teach people how to be entrepreneurs. Here’s what I noticed. I have yet to meet a successful entrepreneur whose is a pessimist. Honest! All the successful people I know are optimists. They have bushels of hope in their hearts.

Why? Because you won’t start a business, or sell a product, or give jobs to people, or do all that hard work, if you don’t have hope that you’ll succeed.

Especially when trials come…"
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Tuesday

Happy All Saints Day

All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas[3]), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

Here is an inspiring story forwarded by Kyregma in my inbox.

CALLED TO HOLINESS

We begin this month of “prayers for the dead” by celebrating the lives of saints who have gone before us. Each year, the Church gives us the Gospel of the Beatitudes. Jesus is the New Moses who ascends the mountain to speak out the necessary attitudes to be able to follow Him. Every saint has followed Jesus in his lifetime and now receives his just reward. Where they go, we hope to follow.

The Beatitudes are the very heart of Jesus expressed to us in His life and ministry. As Jesus declares the blessedness of such people, He is stating that those who are obedient and live out these beatitudes are deeply joyful and experience well-being. It is more than just being happy. Blessedness points to an interior attitude of heart, mind and body. As Rabbi, Jesus takes His seat and teaches the disciples the following beatitudes — a common position of the Jewish Rabbi. As we reflect upon His words, it seems a tall order to follow.

Being poor, meek, mournful, hungry, thirsty and persecuted are, in fact, ways of blessedness or fullness of well-being. It is a stark contrast to what the world teaches us to follow. The world teaches us to compete, strive, achieve and succeed. These are all exceptional qualities of a human being. However, we must consider these in the light of Jesus’ teaching. Otherwise, they are folly.

All of us are called to be saints. The saints we remember today were very normal people like us. However, the saint is a sinner open to the transcendent grace and power of the Lord. Their weakness is transformed and sanctified. They seek to follow Jesus not counting the cost. Think of your own patron saint. Did they fit these criteria of the Beatitudes? Seek their intercession today so that you would be a person of the Beatitudes. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

Reflection Question:
You are a saint by virtue of your baptism. How do you live up to that privilege?

God, our Father, You called us to be saints. Sanctify our lives and let us live the way of holiness. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Blessed Paul Navarro, pray for us.

Daily Inspiration- Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

In his vision of heaven, John the Beloved sees a huge multitude of saints holding palm branches and worshipping the Lamb who was slain for their sins. We are told there were 144,000 of them. Some have thought this was an actual number. However, in the Book of Revelation, numbers have a symbolic, not literal, meaning. The number 12 relates to the 12 tribes of Israel and also the 12 Apostles. So, 144, being 12 x 12, means the totality of the people of God. On this special feast, we honor all the hidden saints who are now in heaven, glorified and worshipping the Lamb.

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

2 I. John, saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea, 3 “Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” 4 I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the children of Israel: 9 After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice: Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshipped God, 12 and exclaimed: “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

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Thursday

Daily Inspiration- Malachi 3:13-20

Malachi laments that it is often the evil who prosper and appear blessed while the righteous suffer. Satan is the lord of this earthly realm and he rewards his servants with earthy riches, yet it is with a huge price — their eternal soul. Let us not lose sight of the infinitely great reward that God has for us in heaven, which will make all the riches of this world seem like so much rubbish in comparison.

Malachi 3:13-20

13 You have defied me in word, says the LORD, yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?” 14 You have said, “It is vain to serve God, and what do we profit by keeping his command, and going about in penitential dress in awe of the LORD of hosts? 15 Rather must we call the proud blessed; for indeed evildoers prosper, and even tempt God with impunity.” 16 Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; and a record book was written before him of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name. 17 And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my own special possession, on the day I take action. And I will have compassion on them, as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. 18 Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; between him who serves God, and him who does not serve him. 19 For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. 20 But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.
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Wednesday

Part I: Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

It's been a week now since I did not check my other email add. I do subscribe to Kyregma and Bo Sanchez inspiring messages. Sometimes, we just need inspiring messages like these to help us clear things such a confusion, grudges with friends, quarrel with hubby, anger, hurt feelings, hatred and anything that make us unhappy.

Praying for those people who have anger and hatred in their hearts!

Thank you so much Bo for this inspiring words!

"Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

Forgiveness is difficult. And confusing.

Before I share with you my main message, let me clarify two things that confuse a lot of people.

Forgiveness And Friendship Require 2 Decisions

First clarification: Forgiveness is different from Friendship.
When you forgive someone, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be friends with him again.

For example, when a business partner steals from you, you should forgive him. But that doesn’t mean you’ll take him back as your business partner again. That’s a separate decision you’ll have to make.

When your drunkard husband beats you up regularly, you should forgive him. But that doesn’t mean you should take him back as a husband again.

One friend comes to mind: “Liza”. When I got to know her, her husband beat her up for the past 21 years. Her husband's favorite tool of torture was his hammer. When he was angry, he’d pick up his hammer, push her hand to the wall, and hammer her fingers to bloody pulp.

I asked her, “Why did you stay with this monster for 21 years?” She said, “Because he asked me for his forgiveness.” I told her, “Don’t confuse forgiveness with stupidity. Forgive him, yes, but run away as far as possible from that monster.”

She said, “But I love him…”

I told her, “No, you don’t love him. You need him. You’re attached to him. But you don’t love him. If you really loved him, you would have walked out of that horrible marriage a long time ago. By staying there, you allowed him to continue in his sin of violence.”

Let me say it again. Forgiveness and friendship are two different things that require two different decisions.

Don’t confuse the two.
Second clarification. Please don’t be shocked with what I’m going to say next…"

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Monday

Part II: Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

Don’t Rush To Forgive If The Wound Is Grave

When the hurt is very deep, don’t forgive right away.

When someone hurts you deeply, God doesn’t require that you forgive right away. When your husband commits adultery, or when an uncle molests you, or when a friend betrays you…, God doesn’t require that you drive out your feelings of anger “right now”.

Why? Because we’re not robots with push buttons on our chest.

In fact, God knows that we need to get angry for awhile as part of our healing.

By getting angry, we restore our dignity. By getting angry, we love ourselves. By getting angry, we say, “What you did to me was terribly wrong. You violated me.”

I repeat: The process of getting angry (for awhile) is part of your healing.

Anger is like a medicine with an expiration date. Before that expiration date, anger is medicine. After that expiration date, anger becomes poison.

At the right time, God will ask you to surrender your anger.

Which now brings me to our main message for today.

Goal: To Have A Forgiving Attitude

Today, my goal isn’t just to encourage you to forgive those who have wronged you in the past.

Today, my goal is much more ambitious than that.

My goal is to encourage you to develop a forgiving attitude.

Forgiveness is an isolated act. But a forgiving attitude is who you are normally, usually, regularly…

My belief? If you want to be happy in your life, you need to have a forgiving attitude.

Why?

Because you live amidst imperfect people.

You were born into an imperfect family, with imperfect parents, with imperfect siblings.

Announcement: You’re imperfect too! (Unless you happen to be a perfect alien from a perfect planet.)

Everyday, you’ll get hurt. Someone will step on your toe. Someone will stab your back. Someone will kick your behind. Someone will prick your pride. Someone will slander your name.

That’s why Jesus said, Forgive seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22) That number is a Biblical symbol for “forever”.

Believe me, if you don’t have a forgiving attitude, you can’t enjoy any imperfect relationship.

Do You Have An Unforgiving Attitude?

Here’s what I know. A person who has an unforgiving attitude is an unhappy person.

For example, when a waiter brings the wrong order, does it ruin your entire day?

When a cashier makes a mistake, because she’s new, or she’s nervous, or she’s having her own family problems—Do you roll up your eyeballs and sigh a sigh of exasperation?

When a sister borrows your blouse without your permission and doesn’t return it washed and folded, do you fume for the rest of the day?

When a friend forgets to say “thank you” for her birthday gift, do you nurse a grudge until your next birthday?

Here’s the crazy thing about unforgiveness. You can be moping and grumbling at home, while the person you’re angry with could be sunbathing in Boracay.

Face it. Unforgiveness isn’t very wise.

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Friday

Part III: Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

Be Selfish: Have A Forgiving Attitude!

A wise man said, Forgiveness is first of all a gift you give yourself. Forgiveness is almost a selfish act—because of the incredible blessing the forgiver gets!

Imagine this scenario.

You’re so angry at someone, you decide to buy Triple-X poison from the drugstore. Upon reaching home, you drink the entire bottle yourself! And then you hope that the person who offended you dies because of the poison.

Huh?

Pretty insane, right?

But that’s the insanity of the unforgiving attitude.

I know of a woman who caught her husband having many affairs. It totally devastated her. It was such a deep wound, her bitterness slowly killed her body. She had cancer and after 2 years passed away. What happened to her husband? Still with his many girlfriends.

My friend is wiser.

She had a business partner who stole from her P8 Million. She thought it was the end of the world. She’d go to me at our weekly Feast, asking me to pray for her.

And in her heart, she made a decision to forgive her business partner. She refused to remain stuck. She didn’t spend time thinking how to avenge herself. She moved on.

Today, my friend has recovered from that loss—and so much more. Her God is prospering her business.

The business partner who stole from her? She heard that she was in jail—because of another crime.

My friend did the unthinkable: She visited her in jail.

Move On!

Many years ago, I heard through the grapevine that I was being accused of using people’s donations to buy myself a car.

That hurt. (If I used the donations to buy myself a car, I would have bought a Rolls Royce.)

I later learned that a friend had spread that gossip.

But on that same day, I forgave that friend in my heart.

Why? Because I was being “selfish”.

Here was my logic: It’s bad enough that he hurt me once. Why let him hurt me again (and again and again…) by rewinding the tapes of his sin in my mind?

Friend, if someone has hurt you—don’t let that hurt ruin your life. Don’t let a betrayal, or divorce, or adultery, or unfaithfulness destroy your life and your destiny.

Forgive and move on with your life!

Forgiveness means you won’t invest emotional energy to your hurt anymore.

Some people don’t do that.

They like rewinding the tapes. They like reviewing the hurt in their imagination. They like opening an old wound and puncturing it again. And again. And again.

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