I have been asking the Lord how we are called to forgive, but it still hurts. What do we do with the hurt? We know that scripture says that if we don't forgive... God won't forgive us. Forgiveness is necessary to walk with God. Forgiveness is supernatural, and it is the work of the spirit that helps us to forgive. But... what do we do with the hurt?

Which type of person are you? Fix and pray, or watch and pray?

Think about how you handle frustrating situations or unexpected heartaches. You have a close friend that is choosing poor choices that will defile her marriage. Your adult kid is making decisions that are contrary to biblical teaching. Money is tight and your commitment to your husband and family is to be a stay-at-home mom. The relationships in your extended family are fragmented with no easy answers to the problem. The question is do you fix and pray or watch and pray?

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

This morning I woke up to my quiet time and I read John 3:30. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John the Baptist is talking about Jesus Christ and his coming from heaven is above all. But he who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. Jesus Christ is to be recognized as the Savior of the world and John is the one that goes before him and introduces him. But John must fade into the background.

Think about the time when you were 14 to 16 years old. What kind of goals, visions, and dreams did you have for your adult life? Did you want to be a stockbroker, a missionary, or a wife and mother staying home with your kids? What were your spiritual goals? Did you have any spiritual goals?