Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

This is a piece I wrote on this lesson in May of 2016—-

Forgiveness is overlooking what we see now. Forgiveness is the choice we make to listen to Jesus or the Holy Spirit as our Teacher. When we have either one consciously beside us, then happiness and joy is the gift we receive. It’s that simple.

We have a neighbor who is renting the house next door to us. The landlord is in the process of eviction. There have been issues since Day 1 last summer when he moved in. Noise, pitbulls, combative personality, loud music on a Sunday from 7:30 am – late in the day, and so forth. There are times I do not wish to see this neighbor as one with me. In fact many times!

I even questioned my husband on saying “Good morning” to the guy as we heading out to our study group. Rev. Paul said, “He is my Savior.”

I didn’t want to hear it at first as I counted up all this neighbor’s sins, and the others I was hearing from the landlord and other neighbors. But I stopped and asked for Jesus’ help in seeing him differently. I did.

I know that this will continue as I know my little mind argues with this every other day or so. But to share this provides me a chance to be accountable to my mind. I want to see him and everyone differently. It doesn’t mean I have to be a door mat to his shenanigans, but I can see this neighbor and his girlfriend in the Light of God just as in the process here in Lesson 121. In fact, using that meditative, imagery process in the lesson makes a huge difference to my peace of mind.


Rev. Deb

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