Show Mercy to Receive Mercy

from my devotions:

Matthew 6:14-15
For if ye forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

He who shows mercy to men receives mercy from God.

. . .extract from Mason’s Self-knowledge, page 248, 1755.

“Athenodorus, the philosopher by reason of his old age,
begged leave to retire from the court of Augustus,
which the emperor granted.
In his compliments of leave, he said,
‘Remember, Caesar, whenever thou art angry,
that thou say or do nothing before
thou hast distinctly repeated to thyself
the twenty-four letters of the alphabet.’
On which Caesar caught him by the hand, and said,
‘I have need of thy presence still:’
and kept him a year longer.
This was excellent advice from a heathen;
but a Christian may prescribe to himself a wiser rule.
When thou art angry,
answer not till thou hast repeated
the fifth petition of our Lord’s prayer –
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors:
and our Lord’s comment upon it –
For if ye forgive not men their trespasses,
neither will your heavenly father forgive your trespasses.”
Clarke’s Commentary

I liked the reminder
when I would feel hurt or misunderstood, or _____
and my default is to murmur, complain or take on an attitude.
Stop and give the incident to God’s keeping.
My peace is restored
and compassion can be extended.
God’s way is best.

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Today’s thought – My Peace I Give

july 14 001I find peace here,
even in the midst of the storm.

Good Morning

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

My peace I give in times of deepest grief,
Imparting calm and trust and My relief.

My peace I give when prayer seems lost, unheard;
Know that My promises are ever in My Word.

My peace I give when thou art left alone–
The nightingale at night has sweetest tone.

My peace I give in time of utter loss,
The way of glory leads right to the cross.

My peace I give when enemies will blame,
Thy fellowship is sweet through cruel shame.

My peace I give in agony and sweat,
For mine own brow with bloody drops was wet.

My peace I give when nearest friend betrays–
Peace that is merged in love, and for them prays.

My peace I give when there’s but death for thee–
The gateway is the cross to get to Me. ~~~L.S.P.

In all seasons there is peace, even . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Todays’ thought – My Own Peace

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Good Afternoon

“My own peace I give to you.” John 14:27

Two painters each painted a picture
to illustrate his conception of rest.
The first chose for his scene
a still, lone lake among the far-off mountains.

The second threw on his canvas
a thundering waterfall,
with a fragile birch tree bending over the foam;
and at the fork of the branch,
almost wet with the cataract’s spray,
sat a robin on its nest.

Thirst was only stagnation,
the last was rest.

Christ’s life outwardly was one
of the most troubled lives that ever lived;
tempest and tumult,
tumult and tempest,
the waves breaking over it all the time
until the worn body was laid in the grave.
But the inner life was a sea of glass.
The great calm was always there.

At any moment you might have gone to Him
and found rest.
And even when the human bloodhounds were dogging Him
in the streets of Jerusalem.
He turned to His disciples
and offered them, as a last legacy,
“My peace.”

Rest is not a hallowed feeling
that comes over us in church;
it is the repose of a heart set deep in God.
~~Drummond.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Rest in Christ . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Peace in My Heart

apr11 008Fourth of July, I think, is the name of this happy rose.

Good Morning

Hebrews 10:22-24 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

You can do everything right
and still not feel at peace in your heart
about your relationship with God.
Eighteenth-century giant, John Wesley,
came to America as a missionary,
ministered to prisoners,
and preached throughout the English countryside
in open-air revival services.
He read his Bible and prayed everyday.
But despite all those efforts,
he still felt insecure and unsure of his salvation.

What he discovered was that peace of heart,
assurance of our relationship with God
can only come from God Himself,
not our efforts.
While someone read from Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to Romans
at a prayer meeting,
he had an experience that changed his life forever:
“While he was describing the change
which God works in the heart trough faith in Christ,
I felt my heart strangely warmed.
I felt I did trust Christ.
Christ alone for salvation;
and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins,”

If you’re lacking assurance,
turn to Christ alone,
and your heart, too, can be “strangely warmed.”

from A Daybook of Grace

Turn . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

December 24, Today’s thought – Speak Peace

P1030499Merry Christmas Eve

Good Morning

I have been reading Psalm 85 over and over
since our pastor mentioned it in a sermon recently.
These verses keep speaking to my heart.

Psalm 85:1-2,7-13
Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land:
thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people,
thou hast covered all their sin.
Selah. [pause, and calmly realize what that means]

Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.
I will hear what God the Lord will speak:
for he will speak peace unto his people,
and to his saints:
but let them not turn again to folly.
Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him;
that glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth are met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring out of the earth;
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good;
and our land shall yield her increase.
Righteousness shall go before him;
and shall set us in the way of his steps.

How beautiful is the Word of God . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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April 16, Today’s thought – Peace I Leave with You

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Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27

from Clarke’s Concordance:

Peace I leave with you
The Jewish form of salutation and benediction.
A wish of peace among them is thus to be understood:
May you prosper in body and soul,
and enjoy every earthly and heavenly good!
My peace I give unto you
Such tranquility of soul,
such uninterrupted happiness of mind,
such everlasting friendship with God as I enjoy,
may ye all enjoy!
And such blessedness I bequeath unto you:
it is my last, my best, my dying legacy.
Not as the world giveth
Not as the Jews, in empty wishes:
not as the people of the world,
in empty compliments.
Their salutations and benedictions
are generally matters of custom and polite ceremony,
given without desire or design;
but I mean what I say;
what I wish you,
that I will give you.
To his followers Jesus gives peace,
procures it,
preserves it,
and establishes it.
He is the author, prince, promoter, and keeper of peace.
Neither let it be afraid
Let not your heart shrink back
through fear of any approaching evil.
This is the proper meaning of the word.
In a few hours ye will be most powerfully assaulted;
but stand firm: – the evil will only fall upon me;
and this evil will result in your comfort and salvation,
and in the redemption of a lost world.

Accept the promise of peace . .Today
With my prayers,desiring yours, Leslie

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May 22 — Today’s thoughts — Peace

Happy Petunias

Good Afternoon

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19

The church of Jesus Christ began with a group; of frightened men in a second-floor room in Jerusalem.
Though they’d marched wit Jesus for three years, they now sat . . .afraid.
They were timid soldiers, reluctant warriors, speechless messengers.
Daring to dream that the master had left them some word,
some plan,
some direction,
they came back.
But little did they know their wildest dream wasn’t wild enough. Just as some one mumbles, “It’s no use,” they hear a noise.
They hear a voice; “Peace be with you.”
The betrayed sought his betrayers.
What did he say to them?
Not “What a bunch of flops!”
Not “I told you so.”
No ” Where-were-you-when-I-needed-you?” speeches.
But simply one phrase, “Peace be with you.”
The very thing they didn’t have was the very thing he offered: peace.
Max Lucado – Six Hours One Friday

Trust God for your day . . Today
With my pryaers, desiring yours, Leslie

 

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May 9, Today’s thought — Peace

This one grows on the east side of Bro. Bob’s house.

Good Morning,

In Christ Alone, My Hope Is Found
He Is My Light, My Strength, My Song
This Cornerstone, This Solid Ground
Firm Through The Fiercest Drought And Storm
What Heights Of Love, What Depths Of Peace
When Fears Are Stilled, When Strivings Cease
My Comforter, My All-in-all
Here In The Love Of Christ I Stand

There In The Ground His Body Lay
Light Of The World By Darkness Slain
Then Bursting Forth In Glorious Day
Up From The Grave He Rose Again
And As He Stands In Victory
Sin’s Curse Has Lost Its Grip On Me
For I Am His And He Is Mine
Bought With The Precious Blood Of Christ

No Guilt In Life, No Fear In Death
This Is The Power Of Christ In Me
From Life’s First Cry To Final Breath
Jesus Commands My Destiny
No Power Of Hell, No Scheme Of Man
Can Ever Pluck Me From His Hand
Till He Returns Or Calls Me Home
Here In The Power Of Christ I’ll Stand
Till He Returns Or Calls Me Home
Here In The Power Of Christ I’ll Stand
Here In The Power Of Christ I’ll Stand

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John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Trust God for your day. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Five Minute Friday — Roar

Five Minute Friday  —  prompted by a word to write for five minutes with no expectations (except for spell check), I am still my mother’s daughter.

Join The Gypsy Mama, she will tell you want to do:   ROAR

http://thegypsymama.com/2012/01/five-minute-friday-roar/

go:

what is that I hear

a roar

of life

busy life

commitments of life

questions of life

disappointments of life

joys of life

pleasures of life

facts of life

all mixed together into one big jumble of ROAR

but I am seeking

but I am looking

but I feel wounded

the Roar isn’t the answer.

Now I am hearing

a great and strong wind rending the mountains

breaking in pieces the rocks

after the wind . . . . . an earthquake

after the earthquake  . . . . . a fire

I am still wanting for

[a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice

arising rebuking the wind

and telling the sea

Peace, be still.

stop.

1Kings 19:11-12  And He(God told Elijah) said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;  And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice. Amplified Bible

Mark 4:39  And he(Jesus) arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.KJV

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