I must follow up my last post. There are always consequences to our actions, to our words. Sometimes those consequences are good, other times bad. I frequently pray that the words of my heart and the meditations of my heart are found pleasing in God's eyes. Little did I know that my words could bring healing and forgiveness. 
    I meant what I wrote about last week. I work on being forgiving. I work on being non-judgemental. I often fail, but I seek God's forgiveness anyway. Forgiveness is a one person event. It doesn't take mutual agreement between both parties to gain forgiveness. I have forgiven those men who hurt my family. My times of struggle come when Satan tries to make me relive those old feelings of anger and hatred. I fight them with love. My words here are one form of that love.
    A battle was won through these words. It was not the content of what I wrote that did something. Just being faithful and sharing my heart caught someone's attention. I received a message a few days after that last post from one of the two men I wrote about. He shared his desire for forgiveness of past issues. I did not see that coming at all. Healing is a powerful thing.
    I don't know where he is at in life. I do know that he is probably reading these words. There are two messages I want to get across everyone reading:
1) I am no better than anyone else. I used to look down on people who called themselves Christians but got drunk often, or slept around, or cursed like a sailor. But then I realized that all sin, including my more socially acceptable sins like pride, anger, and envy, deserved the same punishment. It is only through Christ that anyone can be saved. I am not the one to have the final say in their salvation, so I should never judge their current struggles.
2) This cool situation came about because I asked a few friends to share my blog. I am not expecting something like that to happen often, but know that sharing words you agree with could help others. So I have a request that if you agree with what you read, if it was meaningful to you, repost.

With that I bid you farewell. Go and be blessed this week. John 20:21-23

bob gruss
9/28/2012 07:48:19 am

your comments are so true, one must look at one's self first and what a picture. God bless

Breanna Groom
9/28/2012 11:11:54 am

You are an amazing influence to everyone you come in contact with wether it be in person or thru words spread on the internet. I'm so proud of you and SO thankful you are MY little brother! Love you Duncan.

Yvonne Brassat
9/28/2012 01:40:02 pm

Duncan, you have no idea how much I love to read your blog! Even if there is no new entry, I come back and reread everything. I have still a loooong way to go since I just recently found back to the right path because of a so powerful sign. Duncan you know what I'm talking about. Yesterday at the Beth Moore bible study, she talked about the resurrection and that Jesus appeared to those who needed to see Him most. The only thing I can say to this is: Yes, he really does!
Sorry, if this is not really fitting to you recent blog entry. But I just had to share this. I can't tell you how blessed I feel that you (and Elizabeth) are in my and my boys life now!

Mom Hess
9/28/2012 10:57:10 pm

A beautiful and powerful post, son-in-law. How true, OUR sin is what sent Jesus to the cross. How wonderful to know that "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

Melanie Lillash
9/29/2012 02:33:41 am

SO true....Sin is sin in God's eyes!!! He died for ALL our sins!!


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