Friday, May 6, 2016

Pastor Doug's May 2016 Newsletter

"Help me forgive"

When rage and fury overwhelm my heart,
It's time to look to God's own Holy Word.
I search the Bible for His good advice,
My will to His commands must be deferred.

In Romans, God reveals His love for me.
In all things, God works only for my good.
He gives me blessings I cannot understand. 
I'd be peaceful if I'd only do the things I should.

Jesus forgave so much: Why can't I?
I want to mold my life after His own.
I pray, I try, but my sinful nature wins. 
Lord help me, I cannot do this thing alone.

In Colossians, I read about the peace of Christ;
Oh how I long to feel it in my heart. 
All I have to do is to forgive,
But Lord, it seems I don't know where to begin.

I need to walk a mile in others' shoes;
They're doing what the think they have to do.
I know some problems are blessings in disguise,
But Lord, I feel so doggone blue.

Ephesians says; "Forgive as the Lord forgave you";
Get rid of anger and every form of malice."
I'd love to just let go and release it all,
But my heart is a wound that's become a callus. 

I'll keep praying, Lord, no matter what;
I'm determined to let go, and relinquish blame.
Some day I'll say, and be truly sincere; 
"I forgive it all, in Jesus' precious name."

(Romans 8:28, Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:31)

By Joanna Fuchs