Fresh Hope – 19th September 2020

Maybe you have heard the phrase “sometimes you have to act your way into a feeling”.  Let me explain…

Sometimes we don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning, or brushing our teeth or taking a shower but we know we need to, so we have to act – even if we don’t feel like it. 

Having been a Pastor for over 30 years now, I have talked with many people about forgiveness and how they can sometimes struggle to forgive those who have wronged them. We know that God teaches us to forgive and that if we don’t, then we are the ones who will suffer, carrying around that unforgiveness. This is what I say: “Sometimes you have to act your way into a feeling”. You may not ‘feel’ like it, but you know it’s right.  

Ask God every day to help you.  Say out the words “Lord I forgive…”. Even if you don’t feel that you even mean it, the words you pray are powerful.   The more you pray the words, the more you will start to ‘feel’ like you are actually forgiving.  Believe me, I know this is to be true.  You will eventually start to feel like you can love them again and want no harm for them.  There’s “NO WAY”, you may say.  There’s always a way with God.  

If you’re like me, you like to ‘feel’ right. Feel the presence of God when you get up in a morning, feel like He is there when you pray and when you’re alone with Him. After many years of being a Christian, I know that there are days that I don’t feel Him right there with me, but that doesn’t stop me from praying, even if I feel like “are these prayers even getting to Heaven?!” The more I act upon that which is right, the more I will start to feel the right feelings. God wants us to feel loved, feel His presence etc but we may not always feel those things, but it doesn’t mean they are not right. 

If we had to rely on our feelings all of the time, we would be in big trouble!

Today you may need to ACT your way into a feeling. But when you do what is right and do it consistently, the rest will follow and you WILL be blessed. 

Pastor Gillian 

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