I Can’t Throw the Stone

 

 

Not too long ago I was in a position to do some harm all by myself with nobody’s help.  I had been wronged and I felt it was my duty to take action. In the eyes of a few well intended friends around me, not only did I have the right, but I was more that justified to take matters into my own hands. Some of these friends, out of pure ignorance, went as far as to put stones in my hands. Stones that I was now holding in my fist.

My heart was willing to overlook the offenses, but my hands were holding tight to the stones that somehow were clinging onto me. 

*How to move my feet to walk  across that bridge of forgiveness?

*How to wash my hands in love and not strike back?

*How to let go of the stones I had no right to be holding?    

I called out to God for help, and with a single embrace of His love, these questions that had haunted me for days, were answered without one word ever being spoken.  

… His love covers multitude of wrongs.

In His love I lost my grip to the stones I was holding in my hands. I couldn’t throw the stone.    Who was I to cast a stone? I had been loved and forgiven many times.

I was not qualified to be their judge, but I was more than qualified to forgive them and when I did, I was set free from the hurt, the shame, and the sadness that was trying to drain life away from me.  I forgave.

 

To Forgive or Not to Forgive… Is a question we all have to answer soon or later.

 Get some insight from the Bible to help you make the right choice.

Truth

*Proverbs 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

*Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

*Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends..

Love

*John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved

you.

*2 Timothy 2:22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure

*Luke 6:3 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

 *1 Peter 4:8  His love covers multitude of wrongs.

Guard your Heart

*1 Thessalonians 5:22  Abstain from every form of evil.

*Proverbs 24:29  Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.”

*Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

Pray

*Matthew 6:9-13  Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 *Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Love your brother

*Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you

*Colossians 3:13  Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Forgive

*1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

*Luke 17:3-4 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone… 

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing some timely scripture. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    • akcielo

      You are welcome, Constance. I am grateful for the word of God that makes a difference in our lives. Thanks for coming by!

  2. akcielo

    Reblogged this on Truth Pressure.

  3. Hi akcielo, first I would like to apoligise for the length of this post, it seems to offend some people enough to slander me, so please feel free to delete if not wanted. Thank you for your message and yes I agree with what you shared but there is also other Scripture we need to value and take to heart that tells us we must be prepared to rebuke and correct others when needed not to do so is not Love either and to do this we need to judge they are in error. I say this not to correct you akcielo in arogance, I believe you have a great commitment to God’s Truth but Loverlingly so you will have a balanced focus, sadly many don’t when it comes to the need to rebuke and correct those in the Body of Christ, who are sinning without repentance, instead they are disobedient and look the other way, believe me because of the lack of correction of those who were sinning against God and me, I have suffered greatly for many years and that is not Love.

    If you see a person about to fall off a cliff you would warn them they were in danger even if it meant throwing them to the ground, many have fallen away from the Lord because they have not been disciplined by the body of Christ and they have also polluted others.

    If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone…after Jesus said this He told the woman He did not condemn her but to go and sin no more, we do not have a excuse to continue to sin or can we use sin as an excuse not to warn or rebuke others and if necessary discipline them, condeming others is differant from rebuking them in Love.

    There is much Scripture to support what I’m sharing which I’m happy to give if wanted but whatever we do it must by with Love and for Love even correction and must not be based on our own agenda or understanding but on God’s Truth, yes we can overlook an offence by being willing to forgive we should always do this but if correction is needed it is not Love to look the other way and the Scriptures make this very clear.
    ie – 1John 3:1-16

    Christian Love Anne

  4. Hello,

    thank you for you interest in our little straw bale hotel. We will follow your post.

    Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012

    Greetings from Switzerland

    Lisa and Louis

    • akcielo

      Merry Christmas! What a unique and beautiful project you have! What a dream to be there on2 day… I can dream right? Yes, and dreams are waiting to happen everywhere! Best wishes in 2012!

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