Posted By Nan

Colossians 3:15-17
I have a poem on my desk. One of my friends posted it on social media. It talks about forgiving someone and using the opportunity of the new year to do that. Forgiving, not because it benefits the other person, but because it benefits us. It speaks of how we look at other people. If that person owes us, they are welcome. If that person has wronged us, we have learned a good lesson from that. If that person is angry with us, we let their anger go. After all, another person’s feelings are their responsibility. We cannot fix them, so we need to let it go. If the other person is not speaking to us, okay, accept and wish them well. I we have wronged someone we are sorry. The poem speaks about being grateful for the experiences we have had in life and to use the new year to set the resolution to make this a year for forgiveness.
I love the poem. I know people who owe me, have wronged me, are angry with me, aren’t speaking to me or I have wronged. I found it wonderful to be reminded of the need to let go of that and be grateful for the opportunities God gives me to learn to let go of things that hurt me and to use the opportunity to be shaped into the person God wants me to be.
I am grateful most of all that being able to let go of the hurts and embrace forgiveness gives me the peace that God has spoken of throughout the Bible. The peace that comes from allowing God’s peace to permeate every part of us, spirit, soul and body.
So at the start of the new year, I finish the blog series “Whatever you do … do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” with the version of these verses from The Message. May they guide you as you venture into 2019.
 “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ – the Message – have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives – words, actions, whatever, be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” The Message.

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