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There Is No Fear In Love ~1 John 4:18 July 31, 2007

Posted by G in from the heart.
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“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  ~Genesis 50:20

“bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”  ~Luke 6:28

So, as I said I just got back from TLC and every year God speaks to me and kicks my butt about something.  I mentioned my lack of trust a couple posts back.  For so long I have been holding onto this without realizing exactly what was up.  It became clearer for me in Arandis this time around… I felt trapped there, not able to venture out on my own.  I was nervous to walk by myself even in broad daylight…  Late spring we were informed that the daughter of one of our ministry partners had been assaulted in a town that I wasn’t even going to visit.  I didn’t realize the extent of my caution (paranoia) until this past week…

During the final session Dwight Peterson spoke on forgiveness… he spoke about how there was someone in their lives that really had hurt he and his wife Bonnie.  Years later he found out that the man was potentially going to work at the same youth camp and he told the directors that they shouldn’t hire him and when Bonnie asked what he would do if the man showed up he said that he would kill him.  He realized what the pain of unforgiveness had caused and he and Bonnie started to pray for this man.  They never saw him again and the wounds have healed.

I’ve realized that although I think I have forgiven those that have wounded me… I have not made the effort to pray for them and if I do not pray for them, have I truly forgiven them??  I have come to the conclusion that I will not be able to truly trust men until I fully lay the past at Jesus’ feet.  And if I continue trying to protect myself… who am I serving???

“To love means to open ourselves to suffering.  Shall we shut our doors to love, then, and be ‘safe'” ~Elisabeth Elliot

“So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.”  ~Proverbs 22:19

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1. LeAnne - August 1, 2007

Hey… Your post reminded me of a CS Lewis quote (below) my friend gave to me way back in college… love ya!

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”

2. G - August 1, 2007

awe man… that’s a swift kick… ouch… thanks for sharing…

Love ~G


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