***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Please Lord bless me and my family today. Help us to never forget to honor You and praise Your holy name. Thank You for Your blessings. Let us be good stewards of those blessings and never forget to reach out to others and be a blessing to those who cross our path each day. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Domestic violence on the rise! One of the sad byproducts of the lockdowns last year leaving many people being sheltered at home was a rise in domestic violence. Families with an abuser had learned how to live with an abuser over the years by the daily work, school, and movement habits. THIS IS THE SAD REALITY MANY PEOPLE LIVE WITH EVERY DAY. Well, as the daily lives of people were uprooted and they were being forced to primarily stay at home, it re-opened some serious wounds and shined a light on this societal scourge! The pressures many families were dealing with financially, employment-wise, on top of the non-stop daily contact, unleashed the evil of those with an abusive history and created new abusive nightmares for family members. Abuse of all kinds, physical, mental, sexual, financial, emotional, have all been a sad part of human interactions back to the beginning of humanity 6,000 years ago. It is NOT something new. However, due to the fact the vast majority of people don't go to church any longer, the breakdown of marriage the family and the endless combination of “family units” that now exist, it has become exponentially a larger societal problem. This harsh lockdowns a year ago once again shined a bright light on this sad reality many children, teens, and adults live with. Please remember those who are living with abuse of any kind in your prayers each day and for God to place a hedge of protection around them!
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Not one person reading this Devotional today has not had someone at some point in your life hurt you. Some of you may have been physically or sexually abused as a child by a mother, a father, a relative, or someone your family knew. Some of you may have had a wonderful childhood, but in your young adult life been hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Some of you may have been the victim of a horrible crime like robbery or rape.
Still others may have been deeply hurt by your husband or wife who wanted a divorce. There are many of you that have been hurt later in life by your children. Lots of people reading this have been hurt by employers, business associates, or close friends. Sadly, some of you have even been hurt by a pastor or someone in your church. The fact is, EVERYONE reading this today has been hurt at some point in your life.
As painful as the experience was that caused this hurt in your life, so many people have compounded that pain by letting bitterness, even hatred into their life against the person or people who caused your pain. Today, I am going to help set you free from this hurt and pain you have experienced in your life.
In a prison, they have a central lock that can automatically open all of the cell doors in a given area. If you have ever been in prison or watched a prison movie you know what I am talking about. There is the loud buzz, followed by the clanking sound of all of the cell doors automatically opening. Today, many of you are in prison from the hurts and pains in your life. Today, the cell door is going to open and you are going to be FREE!!!
The key to unlocking that door is FORGIVENESS. As simple as this may seem, it can be one of the most difficult things in this world to do. Forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply is one of the hardest things to do in life. It is not something that we can even do in our own strength, but must be done in the strength we get from the Lord.
I realize that many people right now are saying, “NO WAY, not after what that person did to me.” As a Christian, it should be our goal to be like our Lord every day. What were some of the last words Christ spoke from the cross? What was his last act before dying that horrific death? He asked God to forgive those who had crucified Him!
When we sin, and we all sin every day, what do we do? We go to God and ask Him to forgive us. We do so with the full assurance that He will forgive us because He has promised to in His Word. In Co