August is our month we talk about money every year. This year we are focusing on the harvest. Churches, an we have been no different, have taught on how to sow, how to be generous, this year we believe that God has challenged us to speak on the harvest, so over August we will be looking at the harvest!
In this scripture there are a few key points that we would like you to pay careful attention to before we receive the 2C9 offering at the end of the month.
- That your offering is a willing gift!
- That you can give it cheerfully!
- That it is seed not bread, i.e. that you are sowing what God has given you to sow, not sowing what you should be using to live. i.e. Rent, Food or money for bills.
This week we are looking a what poisons or fertilizers your harvest. Forgiveness fertilizers your harvest and un-forgiveness poisons your harvest. Jesus said in “Matthew 5:23–24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”
Food for thought
- Who when you think of them makes you angry or frustrated? Do you hold un-forgiveness or a grudge towards them?
- The Mayo Clinic research shows that letting go of grudges improves your physical and emotional health. Have you ever felt better when you have made peace with someone who has hurt or offended you?
- Your words are so important and have the ability to create or destroy. What is your self talk like? Do you have a propensity to negativity or positivity talk? How does this effect those around you?
How can I apply these thoughts?
Jesus said leave your gift at the altar and go and make up with people who you need to forgive. Spend sometime in a quiet place and ask God who do you need to forgive? Then work through the process of forgiveness.
F – Face the fact that you need to forgive
O – Oust the anger, Anger is real emotion, but when you stay angry it is not healthy
R – Remember the offence and pray for forgiveness. Here is an example prayer I fully and freely forgive _____________ (person’s name) for ______________ what they did to me. Sometimes it helps to make a list and then destroy it. It is always a good idea to pray out loud so you hear what you are saying.
G – Give the benefit of the doubt, sometime people hurt out of ignorance and do not even know they have hurt you. Or they have been hurt themselves, HURT PEOPLE, HURT PEOPLE.
I – Forgive yourself, we all have regrets and sometimes our regrets hold us back. Now is the time to forgive yourself. If you have made a vow, a vow can be as simple as I am stupid. Break the vow. A example prayer is I am created in Your Image. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I repent of any vows I made and ask for forgiveness for my mistakes that I have made. Remember we have all made mistakes!
V – Value the experience of forgiveness, It feels great, make this feeling a memory.
E – Embrace the change, knowing that you are free, can set others free!
Changing your mind.
Proverbs 18:20–21 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.