-Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us – who was raised to life for us! – is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture-
It’s Oldie but a Goodie Friday, and today is my (deceased) Brother’s B-day….December 16th.
Tony, my big-brother, has been gone now since February of 2015, but just a few months prior to his death, he reached out to me at Christmas time, during the wee hours of the morning.
Here is that ‘oldie’ Story of Forgiveness from December 2014!!
I’m so excited today, because NOTHING…can separate Us from the Love of God!!
I wasn’t planning on posting today.
I figured I would give you a break today, but God had another plan…
Here’s the Story…
It was 5:30 in the morning and somebody was texting me.
Now, I normally turn the sound off on my phone, but I guess I had forgotten. I was in a deep sleep and nearly fell back asleep, but the Holy Spirit knew it was an important message…and it was…It was my brother, from California…which meant it was 3:30am on the West coast.
God Was Working the Night Shift!!
We called him, Tony…that was his nickname…and I hadn’t spoken with him in years…I forgot just how many!! Lol
He called me Nookie!! That was my nickname…and I can’t believe I had forgotten that. It had been so long since I’ve heard it.
Nowadays, my identity is Tam…Wife…Momma…daughter….
but never Nookie, anymore!!
It was so nice to hear that again…it brought tears to my eyes and it brought back a long, lost, but comforting identity for me…Sister!!
Sure!! I’m Sister Tam with my Church Fam…and I love it!!…but this was my Blood!!
My brother and sister and I had become distant after our Father died…of course there was plenty of family drama that took place since Daddy’s death that further separated us…and so now we don’t talk to each other, anymore…and I’m sick of it!!
I’m over that mess!!…I’m Sooo over that!!
I love my Big Sister and I love my Big Brother!!
You see, I was the baby…and they both looked out for me. So If some boy was bullying me…I went and told my big brother…and Tony took care of it!!
If Tony was bullying me…I went and told my big Sister…and Treecy took care of Him!! Lol
Nobody messed with Nookie!!
God is So Awesome!!
He still knows My Name…even when I forgot It!!
…Even when We forget who We are and where We came from…God Still Knows!!
And He loves Us no matter how far away We’ve gone…and no matter what We’ve done wrong!!
He still Loves Us!!
…And He’s already forgiven Us…
He just wants Us to receive it!!
And if we’re already Forgiven…shouldn’t We be Forgiving??
How long can we let that same grudge keep us separated from the Ones We love??
Jesus forgave us and gave his life for us while we were still sinners…that means He died while Momma was out there tripping…and Brother was out there cheating…and Sister was out there stripping…and Cuz was out there robbing…and Uncle was out there drugging…and Auntie was out there ‘dranking’….and when
We were ALL, just Out There Bad!!
He Still loved Us…and He Still Forgave Us in the midst of our filthy, raggedy, wretched sins…while we were still wallowing in our mess…and loving it!!
He Gave up His Life for Us!!
If God has Forgiven Us…when we didn’t deserve it…then maybe we should forgive somebody else…when they don’t deserve it.
God did it for Christ’s sake…so I can do it too!!
I Forgive my Brother, Tony – For Christ’s sake!!
I Forgive my Sister, Treecy – For Christ’s sake!!
I pray that they both can Forgive Me – For Christ’s sake!!
You can’t give a better gift this Christmas than to Give Somebody Your Forgiveness!!
…And The Best Present You and I can get in our Christmas Stocking is Forgiveness wrapped up in the Love of Christ!!
-But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ’s blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God-
God Loves You Today, and So Do I!!
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