Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Forgive! and Forget?

There is something about me, if I cannot tell the truth it bugs me. I can't be friends with people who I can't be honest with. I can't be friends with people who aren't honest.

I have been lied to (refer to pond scum blog) and "a friend" stole my CDs and if she doesn't return them, the whole greater Lansing area will know the kind of person she REALLY is.

The bible tells us that we are supposed to forgive. 7 X 77. That's a lot of times. I can forgive but I have a hard time forgetting. I was talking to my friend Marilynn and I said I felt bad because I could not forget what they have done to me. I can forgive them, I think they can't help it, their hearts are not pure, satan lives there, but I can't forget. She said something... the bible tells us to forgive but it doesn't say anything about forgetting. It was a relief. And so for the past few days I have been talking to God about this.

To forgive helps me, it helps me not carry around hurt. And I really started thinking about the forgetting part. Why would He teach me a lesson (I learned a lot from these two "friends") and then want me to forget it? There are a lot of times I look past something in the name of friendship and I have no issues with that. We all make mistakes, and I am ok with that, I guess my deal is that this was all intentional.

So, I am good with these lessons. Forgive but not necessarily Forget.

Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Heavenly Gracious Father, please help the kids to remember that we are all created in Your image, help the "Thailanders" to see those who need You most. Give them bravery to reach out to touch and soothe those who need You most. Give them the strength to lift those You love up in prayer. Give them the words to touch their hearts. In Jesus' awesome name. Amen.

Here are some more pics of Thailand. That is a cow... on a leash... what the heck?!

The one with all the kids lined up is a school they taught english

The one that they are all sitting down is a temple made of bottles, who would have thought!!



Becky said...

hehehehe 1 Cor13:5 hehehehe

Margie said...

Becky - you are a brat...

Birmingham Girl said...

#1. thank you again..the pictures are so wonderful!
#2. That forgiveness thing, Difficult. Here's what I've read: Forgiving is allowing another person to be human for faults, mistakes or misdeeds.
Forgetting is your commitment to let go of anger, hurt and pain over the offense.
Wish I thought that up, I'm not that wise, but I thought there were pretty good words to think over. Blessings!

Tonya said...

Margie, Pat is so wise. I think that she has good meaning. Although I think that you have good meaning as well, why would God teach you a lesson and then have you forget it? Nice pictures also, very nice.