Sacred Spaces 314– A bit of this and a bit of that

Sacred Spaces 314– A bit of this and a bit of that
15 November 2011
(Written by Zoe McLernon and I)

Some titbits of scripture for you to chew upon:

Matthew 14 – Taking that step
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

I love this example of Peter’s bold faith. I love Jesus simple invitation. One word: Come.
You want to do something “seemingly impossible” for God? You don’t need a degree; you don’t need lots of hours of bible reading. Simply, just COME. Come as you are!

We all have a situation (metaphorically) where we need to “step out the boat”
Two things required are: We need to keep our focus on Jesus. When Peter, looked elsewhere; when he looked at the “wind” he became afraid. Jesus is the source of our bravery. Look to Him.

Secondly, Peter had to take the step out the boat. Action was required from his side. Jesus didn’t his leg out the boat. Peter had to do it. Doing something “seemingly impossible” requires some faith on our part. Put your faith in Jesus!

John 2 – Do Not Love This World
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Following on from last week’s SS313 Post

Are we too camouflaged in the world?
Maybe we need to not “love the world” as much as we do?
We crave the same things as others in the world. Now those cravings happen to all of us, but our response to those cravings are important; do we give into the temptation? Or do we run away from them?

Did you forget that things of this world are fading? Why would we want in on that? I want to please God and live forever.

Mark 11:25 – Forgiveness, a lesson we are constantly learning
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

A couple of my friends in my little group had a big argument with another two in my friendship group and it was all just a bit messy. Even though it was horrible and still is, the social divide has shown me one thing:
We need to forgive and forget the unnecessary harbouring of grudges.
It breaks my heart to see a few people because so much hate towards each other and not even consider forgiving them especially some Christians.

Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

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.”

How can we sit back and expect God to forgive us when we can’t even focus our minds (and hearts) on forgiving some of our closest friends. If we forgive those who have hurt us, God can forgive us and surely, that place in heaven next to our awesome Creator is a lot better than continuing a silly argument with a friend. The moral high ground is not thinking you are above forgiveness; it’s having the strength and help of God to do the bigger thing and simply forgive, not just once but all the time…

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