It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 11, Book 15

To forgive is to move on, not to think about the offense anymore. You don’t excuse him, endorse her, or embrace them. You just route your thoughts about them through heaven. In Romans 12:19 God says, I will take care of it! Let Him!

Max Lucado

August 11th - Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive ...

Love is a verb.  It takes action.  And one of the ways we love is by forgiving. Forgiveness in any relationship of love is essential. We all make mistakes and we must make amends and fix the relationship.

 There is a certain sadness in breaking the illusion of the perfect relationship. However, for those that pass the hurdle of forgiveness, they will find that their relationships are stronger and more meaningful than ever before.  Before the first fight, the relationship is like a fragile egg. Once that illusion is broken the relationship becomes much stronger. You become aware that your relationship can survive a disagreement.

 Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.

I Corinthians 13: 4-8
The Message Bible


BlueRidge Boomer said...

A "lovely" post....!!

betty said...

That is so true that a relationship can survive disagreements. I think forgiving is essential in any relationship and also a plan to work out disagreements so they don't escalate into bigger ones is also essential.


jack69 said...

It has been said many times, the one who loves most, forgives first. Our marriage of 58+ years was saved many times by a sweet lady who could forgive jealousy and my being a know it all. Once I LEARNED that, I learned to forgive.
Sweet and needed entry, MA!

Buttercup said...

I think real love begins when we stop looking for perfection -- both in those we love and ourselves. It's tough to do, but so sweet.