• Rev Luis A. Fernandez

An insult can become as bitter as salt. Many of us may struggle and even live in the world of offense because of what someone has done or said to us days or even years ago. The famous saying; “stick and stones may break my bones but words will never break me” may be a good way to conceal an offense but it doesn’t necessarily heal the offense.

Like a drop of ink in clear water - negative words have the ability to incubate in the human soul for months if not years, and eventually affect its victim. It is important to know that walking in continual forgiveness is the only hope we have if we are going to keep our joy, and peace going forward. Sometimes these verbal outbreaks may be intentional, and other times the perpetrators never knew of the matter. But, one thing is for sure it is your and my responsibility to dilute the emotional strain it has caused by immediately practicing forgiveness.

Don’t let the hurtful words of men become your daily listening. But, permit yourself to wash yourself with God’s good Word - which is good news.

James 3:9-11

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both freshwater and saltwater flow from the same spring?

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  • Rev Luis A. Fernandez

Updated: Oct 31, 2020

Living in the past, and always focusing our attention on missed opportunities can cause us to lose every bit of momentum that has taken us so much effort to produce. Like driving a vehicle you and I should not think that we will arrive at our desired destination safely if our eyes are continually fixated on the rearview mirror. As a matter of fact, doing so repeatedly can even become lethal.

I am of the belief that every experience in life has a lesson and a blessing. Failing to learn and make the necessary adjustments to achieve the desired results is where most of us fall short - always leaving us feeling frustrated and defeated. It has been said that “repetition” may have its advantages when learning a new skill, but when “repetition” negatively impacts our advancement or spiritual growth you and I have to be willing to break the patterns that have produced these inglorious cycles.

God encourages us to stop pressing the rewind button on our life’s remote, and press play to let the story play on. Make sure to allow him to be part of your journey - he may just write a new chapter.

Overcoming regret.

Philippians 3:13-14

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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  • Rev Luis A. Fernandez

Have we lost our way as a society? Has our conscience been seared as with a hot iron that we can no longer practice civility, and treat each other with the much-needed respect due to every child of God? Just like a third-degree burn suffered from a fire - there is something charring our human conscience which has damaged our ability to practice moral etiquette, and which has disabled our spiritual nerve endings which is now in need of repair.

Growing up I always remember feeling as though someone was keeping watch over me. I wasn’t sure if it was the neighboring spies who had a secret vow with my mom, or was it the simple fact that I was taught civility, respect, and integrity early in my years. Simple rules like “thou shall not lie or else you will get a shoe stuck in your head” helped pave a clear way to being aware that there was either an “eye in the sky”, or someone had a secret sonar ability to listen to my every word. Either way, I have always treasured that little voice abiding in the crevices of my stomach which helped me distinguish right from wrong, especially in darkened times.

The Word of God has always been the foundation of every moral rule. And, accompanied with this great gift He has embedded in us the gift of conscience which we should be careful to tend, and not leave to stupor. It would do us a great benefit to once again listen to this spiritual muscle especially more in times like this.

Where’s Conscience?

2 Corinthians 1:12-14

12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.

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