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NAVIGATING THE NEW WEEK 4: Forgiving the Old to Embrace the New

 

NAVIGATING THE NEW BIBLE READING PLAN AND WEEKLY PROMISES

 

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DAILY BIBLE READING PLAN

 

MONDAY:  Genesis 50

Joseph shows extraordinary strength by forgiving and providing for his brothers who had sold him into slavery.  Joseph reassures his brothers of his forgiveness and says, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  When you look back at a past season, were there things done or said, perhaps even by someone close, that was intended to harm you in some way?  Even if others intended to harm, God’s intent is to bless you and to use you to make a difference in mighty ways.  Today, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal just how good your Heavenly father’s intentions are towards you and how He can use past pain to propel you into purpose.

 

TUESDAY:  1 John 1

God is faithful and just to forgive us.  Through Jesus, we have forgiveness of all our sins.  How does this forgiveness change the way you see God?  How does it change the way you see people?  How does the forgiveness of God impact your ability to forgive those who have wronged you in the past?

 

WEDNESDAY: Matthew 5

How important is reconciliation to Jesus?  What sense of urgency does Jesus attach to be reconciled to a brother or sister in Christ?  Is there someone in your life that you are currently angry with or offended by, or is there a brother or sister currently angry at or offended by you?  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a path of reconciliation.  Each situation is a bit different, and the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and godly counsel can provide you with the wisdom on how to pursue reconciliation in your specific circumstance.

 

THURSDAY:  Matthew 18

Peter asks the question, “How often should I forgive someone?”  And Jesus’ answer reveals to us that forgiveness is the response of those who have experienced the forgiveness of God.  Jesus portrays forgiveness not as an emotional reaction, but a consistent choice.  Is there someone that you are still having a hard time forgiving?  Maybe you have not felt like forgiving them.  How can you choose to practice persistent forgiveness towards this person, regardless of your feelings towards them?

 

FRIDAY: 1 Corinthians 13

Love keeps no record of wrongs.  Take a few minutes to do inventory of the heart.    What wrongs have affected you?  What wrongs from the past continue to shape how you see yourself or how you relate to God and others?  Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bring healing to your heart in the places you’ve been hurt.  And then surrender these wrongs to Jesus.  Make the decision to no longer hold on to the record of wrongs from your past, but to trust Jesus to heal, to defend, to reconcile and to restore.

 

SATURDAY:  Ephesians 4

Think of a time that someone bore with you, had compassion on you, and forgave you. What impact did that have on you?  What did it show you about the love of God?  How can you practically show compassion and forgiveness to those around you?  Who can you bear with right now and in doing so, put into practice the love of Christ?

 

SUNDAY:  Romans 12

We are instructed to not repay evil with evil, but with good.  The scriptures even go as far as to instruct us to feed and care for our enemies.  How can you intentionally bless those who have hurt you in the past?  In your prayers?  In your words?  In your actions?

 

 

WEEKLY PROMISES FOR NAVIGATING THE NEW

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

-Romans 12:21 New International Version

 

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. 32 Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave [a]you.

-Ephesians 4:31-32 The Amplified Version

 

 

33 When they got to the place called Skull Hill, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.

34-35 Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.”

-Luke 23:33-34 The Message Version

 

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