Be Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving

The other day I was asked to help someone.  The person doing the asking is not a close friend, more of an acquaintance, and the person needing help I know only slightly. I was asked to help because I have some experience with the problem at hand. I don’t think of myself as one who holds grudges but the first thought I had was, why come to me, when have you helped me? And I don’t even know the person you want me to help! The minute after that thought was in my head this came to mind,

Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Col 3:13  (gwt)

That stopped me from saying the ugly words.  It was awful of me to think those words but saying them would have been worse than awful. Jesus heard my thoughts and knows my heart and He stepped in to keep me from causing someone pain…again. Thank you, Jesus!

Later on, I was getting comfortable for a chat with Jesus and this was brought to mind,

But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against,
so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.
Mark 11:25 (nlt)

You see I was holding a grudge against this acquaintance of mine.  I had forgotten all about the day I asked her for help and she said she couldn’t help. Or I should say I thought I had hard-694733_640forgotten. Obviously, I held that day in my heart and let it fester until I was reminded of it and then let the ugliness come forward. I hadn’t forgiven her this little thing. I know better than this. I want to be like my Lord.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgave you.
Eph 4:32 (esv)

What have I learned from this?

  • I can be resentful and unforgiving
  • I am not examining my heart as I must
  • My prayers are more self-centered than I thought
  • Jesus wants us to be better than we are and helps us get there

 The Word has been given to us to teach us what we need to know to be like Christ.
All we have to do is let it into our hearts and use it as needed.
Everyday.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Mark 14:36 niv

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Just like us Jesus prayed to God, His Father, to be relieved of suffering.
Jesus knew what He was about to face and like any man He didn’t want to suffer.
Yet, He was willing to go to the cross because it was part
of His Father’s plan for those He loves.

Are you willing to suffer for God’s plan for someone else?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Mark 13:32-33,37 esv

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In Mark 13 we read what Jesus told his disciples about the end times.
What He said to them, He is saying to us,too.
Knowing what the Bible says about the signs and times of the last days
will be useless to us if we are sleeping and not aware of what is happening.

Are you awake, alert, and on guard?
Do you think there will be a warning siren to tell you when to get ready?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Mark 1:35 gwt

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Corporate prayer and prayer with a small group or a friend is wonderful.
Yet, we are told here that Jesus sought a place of solitude to pray.
 Jesus had a need to be alone to talk with his Father; and so do we. 
It may be difficult to find the time and place apart to pray  
but the blessing of these moments alone with the Lord is beyond measure.

Do you have a place where you can be alone to pray?
How do you find the time to be alone with God?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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What do you want…

Bartimaeus was a blind beggar sitting by the side of the road outside of Jericho.  I imagine he sat there quite often, hoping those who passed by would be generous to him.  This particular day Jesus and His disciples were leaving Jericho and there was a  great crowd with them.

When Bartimaeus heard Jesus was among the crowd he cried out to Him, asking for His mercy.  Some of the people in the crowd tried to make him be quiet.  Think about what was going on in the minds of the people.  Were they trying to hide this beggar from Jesus?  After all, here was this poor, dirty, and blind beggar sitting beside the road of their fair city;  was this the image they wanted visitors to remember?  Reminds me of the homeless today.  Nobody wants them seen on the streets of their city.  Determined to be heard Bartimaeus cried out louder, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me.”

Jesus heard him and said, “Call him.”  Well, when called Bartimaeus does not hesitate.  He throws off his cloak and jumps to his feet and goes to Jesus.  I do not know if Bartimaeus was young or old but I think that besides being blind he was probably not in the best of health.  It is likely he was weak from poor nutrition and from sitting by the roadside most of the time.  Just the not knowing when, or if, he would have something to eat that day or shelter  that night would be enough to cause stress related illness.   Yet, when he hears Jesus call he leaps up.  Can you picture this man’s excitement?  The anticipation and expectation he must have felt?

Then Jesus asks him a question, “What do you want me to do for you?”  Was it not obvious?  He was a blind man!  But how like Jesus.  He wants to hear from our own lips what we want.  Of course, He already knows, but He wants us to come to Him, open our heart, be honest, and tell Him what we want.

Bartimaeus tells Him, “Let me recover my sight.”  “Go your way, your faith has made you well,” Jesus responds.  Immediately Bartimaeus can see and he followed Him on the way.

There are a few things that I have learned in the reading of this story:

  • In five of the nine translations I read, the text reads that he “recovered or regained” his sight.  I think Bartimaeus may not have always been blind, there may have been a time when he could see.
  • When Jesus tells him to “Go on your way” He is telling him to not go back to the side of the road–he is to go–be on his way–leave the past.
  • Jesus tells him that “his faith has made him well”.  Bartimaeus went to Jesus in faith–he knew Jesus–he did not need seeing eyes to know Jesus.
  • He followed Jesus on His way.  I do not know if this means that he literally followed Jesus that day.  Possibly it means that he followed the “way of Jesus” as we do today.

Mark 10:46-52, just seven verses that tell a man’s story, past, present, and future.  It can be the story of every person.  Where are you in the story of you?

What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. Mark 10:51

I wonder what the people in the crowd thought–they did tell Bartimaeus to be quiet.

I wonder why Bartimaeus threw off his cloak.  Was he throwing off anything that would hinder him–did he know that he would receive far more than what he left?

I wonder at his spontaneity–he throws, he leaps, he immediately follows!

Just wondering…