Dr. Martin Luther King
ANDYS THOUGHTS- “When you are praying, If you are angry with someone, forgive him so that your father in heaven will also forgive your sins” -Mark 11 vs 25 God Speaks to us in many different ways, This morning was no different. How do I know it was God, and not my imagination, Because it encouraged me, it inspired me and it was just what I needed at that particular point in my life. More importantly it was backed up by Gods word. I was reading a newsletter that came through me door from an old friend Phil Davise, Phil is a bit of a rugby legend here in the Rhondda having played for Llanelli, Newport and Wales in his time and is the inspirational leader of Sporting marvels a Rhondda Faith based charity that work within local Rhondda schools using sportsmen and women from across the waters introducing them to the Christian faith. He wrote- While God can and does work on our imperfections it seems that he will not entrust great power and great responsibility to the likes of you and me unless he knows that we have a heart that can be trusted. “When we come up against our mountains, the obstacles of life, Mark 11 say that we can speak to them and they’ll evaporate! imagine reaching the place where you can speak to things and they “move”? Imagine the damage if such power were wielded irresponsibly? You’d have to be rooted and established in Love, otherwise, those who wronged you would be dead meat!” He goes on to say “When I was young, If someone wronged me, their name found it’s way into a mental “black book”. I never forgot. I remember once getting hit right at the end of a Rugby game and there being no time to seek retribution. It was six years before I came into the company of the bloke who’d hit me. This time, it was a training session, because I’d joined the same club the hitter played for. To me, it made no difference that he was now a teammate I had to have my pound of flesh, I thought it was my due. Before the stroke I was very tolerant of others and took everything on the chin. Since the stroke I have become very grumpy to an extent that it has become a family joke, I loose my rag quite easily I can be very verbal but never physical I suffer from great anger and frustration that has ruined my private life and made my marriage almost intolerable, combine this with wanting a caring, loving Christian life, to do good and be successful at everything I do. you can see my dilemma. My frustration was eating up my soul and has been tearing me apart. Within the hour I was reading my Bible, searching for confirmation when I came across Matthew chapter 5 verse 43-48 Love all People You have heard that it is said, Love your neighbour and hate your enemies, but I say to you Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. If you do this, you will be true children of your father in heaven, He causes the sun to rise on good people and on evil people, and he sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. If you love only the people who love you, you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are only nice to your friends, you are no better than other people. Even those who dont know God are nice to their friends. So you must be perfect as your father in heaven is perfect. God was telling me that if I want the things that I desire and pray for I will receive them in abundance, but first I have to break free of the shackles that are holding me back. I must forgive those around me even if they do me wrong, I must put right the feelings of anger and frustration Most of my problems was caused by the stroke. Feelings that have festered unchecked for so long and is now holding me back. Only when I learn to let go of these feelings can I expect to receive the great blessings that I seek.