Forgiving those who commit wrongs against us doesn't necessarily guarantee easier lives. We still have to deal with difficult people and face the stresses of life. There are pressures beyond our control that will wear us down if we are not careful to release them to God.
Here's the solution how to face our anxieties. The Apostle Paul gave us a strategy to help us deal with the troubles of daily life: " Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and yur real life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:2-3). The Apostle also wrote, " Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7). This last verse gives us the image of a guard patrolling our hearts and minds to keep out the pressing anxieties of life.
Just as we have to continually forgive, we also have to continually release our worries and specific needs to God., He will, in turn, protect us and give us the peace that passes all understanding.
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Letter # 06 (7. 2. 2010)