Bondage Maker or Bondage Breaker? July’s WOW from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour!

Welcome back to our WOW for July! Grab your coffee and let’s get back to this process that doesn’t seem to make much sense right now, but I promise, it will, and hopefully by the end of our little coffee break today! 🙂

I was so excited when I looked up the Hebrew definitions for forgive/forgiveness because they lined right up with the psychological definition which Steve shared with us on Saturday! Woo-ho, tie another knot in our string of faith! Here goes: “To lift, to bear, to carry, to give up, to pardon.

After reading that, I’m sure there can be some confusion, because there’s really only one who can bear all our junk, but stay with me for a bit here! 🙂

Now let me first give you sort of a mental picture. In your mind, picture someone who has done something that has hurt and/or offended you. Now imagine that person ten to twelve feet in front of you. Around his/her neck is a collar with the word guilt on it, and attached to that collar is a chain. You look down and you are able to see that the chain is reaching all the way across to you! It’s not just near you, though; it is actually hanging from a wrist band around your wrist and if you look, you can easily see the “hurt” written on your wristband attached to that chain, aka, your offender!

Who has the greater power; the offender – the one who hurt you — or the offended — you?

See, forgiveness works like a chain saw that breaks the chain that holds you hostage to your offender! Nothing else can break those chains. When you bear the offender’s burden, aka, the offense, the offender is no longer responsible to you for it. So, because of that, the collar of guilt around his/her neck comes off. Then when you and I give that offense/burden over to God, we no longer have any responsibility for it, and we no longer wear the wristband of hurt or the chain it comes with us. We are FREE!

What we must keep reminding ourselves is that God may yet deal with the offender, but that is no longer your concern! You are a bondage breaker, not a bondage maker! How appropriate to end the day before the day we celebrate our freedom! Have an awesome 4th of July celebration and enjoy your God-given freedom!

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Forgiving,

Evinda

 

P.S. Something tells me I’ll be doing a series on forgiveness, so we’ll be spending a few coffee hours on this topic! And one more thing: I’d like to wish someone incredibly special a most beautiful birthday. Susie, may the memories you create today squeeze your heart with love and laughter! Your friendship makes me a better me!

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3 Responses to “Bondage Maker or Bondage Breaker? July’s WOW from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Gosh I just love this blog today. It is amazing how the Holy Spirit reveals these word pictures through you. I can visualize that chain, collar and the whole scenario played out in my head and heart. It’s such a blessing to be free from “ME”. Kisses and God Bless America!

  2. Leigh says:

    I love the way God dovetails lessons! Right now & all summer, my church’s adult Sunday School is studying THE BAIT OF SATAN: Living Free From the Deadly Trap of Offense, a book & video series by John Bevere. It’s excellent–check it out! We all need to be FREE!
    P.S. Hi to all! Love & miss you! ; )

  3. Jan Bachelor says:

    Hey Leigh, I read the Bait of Satan several months ago and it is pretty incredible too. It does state a whole lot of the same truths. Miss you girl, we could really have used you in the CPM Event. Hope all is going wonderful for you child. Blessings Nanny