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God’s Word: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

Wisdom Shared:
Prayer is the most important aspect of communication with God the Father… But without forgiveness our prayers are hindered. Beloved before you pray, be absolutely sure that you are not harboring any un-forgiveness.  There is no contemplating forgiveness God’s word clearly states:  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

Prayer & Forgiveness:

Prayer is a matter of sacrifice … a sacrifice of time; energy and duty of the faith poured out in us. Yes, in God we trust … Forgiveness is matter of God’s evidence of love in you. We must forgive quickly and pray fervently over all our hurts, all our disappointments and all our goals, desires and needs. Most importantly we must also intercede on behalf of others. And finally be ready to share the reason for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

Jesus has given us a model prayer that gives us the ability to pray God’s word. The word of God is a powerful prayer empowering us for every good work we are called in Christ. It allows us to pray through without praying a manipulative attitudes: gossip, negativity, anger or any controlling emotions.  Our prayers should be godly centered on God’s will be done in every circumstance that is life here on earth. Thank you beloved for taking the time to intercede in prayer just as the bible states; Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2  My encouragement and prayer for today; May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford


“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Yours is the kingdom and the power… Forever!
In Christ Name… Amen!


The Battle is Beyond Words…
God’s Word: The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Wisdom Shared:
How often do you find yourself … saying something that did not come off as you initially intended, for the good in the name of helping. Better yet, how about not agreeing to disagree with love and respect. The power of our words has a greater impact than we realize … Good words or bad words have an impact, for the greater good or for tearing one another down.

Ponder This: Are your words empowering or discouraging?
Think about the last time you disagreed with your spouse; child; family or co-worker –
Proverbs 12:18 States:
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

  • Are your words piercing … to the point it leads to brokenness?
  • Are your words healing … that shows justice, mercy and love?

Hurt People:

Hurt people , hurt people, they can come off as prideful, abrasive and super critical. They can offer up their thoughts and unsolicited words but do not receive the backlash that can occur as a result. I personally had to cut my time with those people in my life that use their words like daggers coming at me.   The sad part in some cases they are unaware of their bad behavior. Relationships are complex sometimes even difficult, adding emotional reactions brings forth a despairing mind set. Not only is the relationship doomed so is the esteem of the individual received by the offender.

Beyond the Battle of Words
Power of Positive Words … Brings Life!
Think on These Things – You will Speak These Things:
Whatever is Truth
• Whatever is Noble
• Whatever is Right
• Whatever is Pure
• Whatever is Lovely
• Whatever is Admirable
• Make Mention of Excellence
• Share words of Praise

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Scripture Reference:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your wise word that empower us to speak in love…  Place a guard over the door of our lips so that we could speak your words of encouragement and praise.Thank you for the advance answer to this prayer. In Jesus name we pray… Amen!


Love One Another Deeply
God’s Word: Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincerelove for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

Encouragement Shared:
We are called to love one another deeply… from the heart.
The attributes of love are defined in God’s word. God’s definition is clear. It is only through the power of Christ in you, the word of God written on the tablet of our hearts, along with the “Holy Spirit” leading guiding, prompting us that we can love in this way. How we love one another displays our trust in God’s word through our spiritual maturity of our faith. The Bible states: without faith it impossible to please the Him. Hebrews 11:6
We are commanded to- love one another deeply… Love is an action not an emotion. Emotion leads us to commotion and destruction. It is through our love we are recognized as Christians. The truth is we cannot profess we are Christians and not display love … If we are professing Christ as our savior, we must follow the command to love one another deeply.

God’s Definition of Love: As written in the Book of 1 Corinthians 13:
Love is…Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive [Protects], loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
Love never fails! 1Corinthians 13:4-8 (CEV) Contemporary English Versions
An Acronym for Love ~

Love one another…John 15:12
Obey the truth… 1Peter 1:22
Virtue …add to your faith virtue… 2Peter 1:5
Encourage one another daily… Hebrews 3:13

How The World Loves:
We love because He loved us first … We can only demonstrate this love through God’s loving grace in us.
I share these things to sharpen our swords and to encourage us because of the deceitfulness of sin that plagues us every day. In the world’s definition there is nothing definitive about love. Love is based on false deceptions; preconceptions of following as the world would say: Follow your heart! Follow my heart, according to the word of God my heart is wicked and deceitful [Jeremiah 17:9] …
We fall in love, we fall out of love. We fall out of love, perhaps we have been wronged. Even worse perhaps an individual we once loved no longer lives up to our standard of undefined definition of what we perceive love to be. More than likely the answer is the latter… Where does that leave our relationships within marriage; parent child relationships; friendships? Perhaps it is a circumstance of an non-forgiving heart due to brokenness or critical prideful expectations put on others, often leading to bitterness leaving us in a disgrace from God. That ultimately separates us from God and from any kind of healthy relationships. Love covers a multitude of sins [wrongs]. 1 Peter 4:8

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford