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Friday, August 27, 2010

LOC Faith Art Friday - Forgiveness

It is Faith Art Friday today over at Layers of Color and I am honoured to be hosting it!   Today is the International Day of Forgiveness and one of the main focus is friendship and how to heal rifts.  Friends are the most amazing people, God brings them into our lives on many different levels - some for a season, some for a reason and some for life!!  As we get to know one another and slowly let down walls, we make ourselves more vulnerable - and this in itself can make us cautious. 


Friends are those people who can help us grow in so many ways and brighten our lives, at the same time they can cause us so much hurt and disappointment in those moments where we border on familiarity and sometimes cross boundaries.  I  am reminded of when Peter asked Jesus how many times does he have to forgive his brother or sister who hurts him...and put forward the number seven

Jesus replied, '"Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. 


How does that make you feel when thinking about your own relationships and hurts, the times you have been let down and so disappointed.  Our instant reaction in these moments, would be IMPOSSIBLE, but that is so very far from the heart of God as we can see here

 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, having forgiven one another, even as also God forgave you in Christ.  Eph 4:32

Forgiveness is such a powerful tool - if only we realised it at those times we are hurt, it brings such freedom and release, not just to the one who has hurt us, but to us....we can get so bound up in the 'offence' that has happened that we lose track of God and don't allow Him to work in us, we let that hurt fester and it can cripple us on so many levels!  If only we would recall, at that those moments the words of Life that have been given to us in the Word of God our walk would be so much easier.

We all want to be forgiven by God and need to forgive in the same way....
You can see more of my projects in my Layers of Color Gallery, while you are there make sure you check out the other Design Team galleries there is so much inspiration waiting to be discovered.  You are invited to join us on our SNR Group where there is lots of fun and chatter (No surprises there I know! LOL)  There are also discounts and previews that are exclusive for the Group Members - come and join us!!

Thank you for taking the time to visit with me today and for the comments and encouragement you leave me here!  I love seeing that you have visited - it makes my day!  It is the beginning of the weekend here and I am so-o-o looking forward to it - I hope you have a great weekend and get to spend it with those you love!  God bless you!
{{{hugs}}}

3 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, let your comment at LOC. The birds look amazing on that flourish, and the coloring w/ sparkle is perfect!

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  2. So beautiful Linda,the birds are gorgeous!!!
    Hugs xx

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  3. I'm hopping over to leave you some love on the LOC Blog my friend. God has used you to touch my heart as usual. Why is it that all of these messages seem to apply to me, teehee. I treasure our new friendship so much and I am so very thankful for you girlfriend! I hope all is going well for you in your life with the kids and planning of Dh"s show. Thinking of you always!
    hugs,
    Melisa

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