Release and Forgive…Forgive and Release

A few days ago my spirit was weighty with an unrelenting message that would not leave until I obediently share it. It is an exhortation to “Forgive and Release” “Release and Forgive” as entrance is made into the new year to receive the full extent of the blessings that 2014 holds. Even though the Lord showed me several decades ago that I must not walk in unforgiveness, the message I am about to write is for me too.

Ephesians Chaps 3-5 lays out how we are to walk (not run) as the new person in love, in the light, in wisdom. Chap 3 tell instructs us to PUT OFF the former conduct, be renewed in the spirit of the mind, to PUT ON the new person which “was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness”. We are very familiar with Galatians 5 that speaks of the fruit of the Spirit. It goes on to say that we are to live and walk in the spirit…”not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another”, thus putting off fleshly passions and desires. ICorinthians 13:3-8 so clearly states that love is an action word. Yet we seem to get it backwards. Decisions are made according to the Flesh to put on the actions of rude behavior, envying, parades of conceit and pride to make self look good, thinks all kind of evil, rejoices at at injustices and unrighteousness. Instead it seems choices are made to put off patience, put off taking no account of the evil done, put off allowing love to suffer long, put off being easily provoked, put off believing the best, put off rejoicing when right and truth prevail… All because offenses, perceived suffered wrongs, betrayals, etc have seemingly occurred..with justification to stand our ground to make a point. When in fact what has occurred is ground has been given for the enemy to Steal, Kill and Destroy. Choose to be resolute to forgive and release.. release and forgive. Do it even if that means taking a moment to ask forgiveness and releasing and/or releasing in order that you may humble self and ask forgiveness. Now go forth and walk in the actions of love and the blessings of the overcoming kind of 2014! Miss Rainey Giving You Hope…

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