Monday, January 25, 2010

It Is Better To Forgive Than Deceive / Emini Futures Trading - Monday January 25, 2010

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He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
(Proverbs 28:13) 




In our lives we will encounter times when we feel that we have been treated unjustly. Perhaps it may have been one’s actions towards us or maybe it was a word spoken with a wrong attitude. Whatever the avenue, there are times when people will “do us wrong.” When such times occur, we have a choice – we can either offer forgiveness or turn to bitterness.

Ephesians 4:31-32 states, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” Immediately we see that bitterness is not an option for the Christian, and that forgiveness is commanded. A Christian who says, “I cannot forgive,” should change his statement to “I will not forgive” for God always enables us to that which he has commanded. You see, bitterness is the refusal/failure to forgive someone who has wronged us. It is extremely destructive in its nature. Bitterness destroys more homes than infidelity, it wrecks more churches than heresy, and it ruins more lives than drugs and alcohol, and yet, it is the option that many Christian choose when they are offended. How much better life would be if God’s people did the right thing and chose forgiveness instead of bitterness! But, how do we do that? How do we choose forgiveness instead of bitterness? (Listen Now)


As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Chapter Two - Effect of Thought on Circumstances

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Here is a man who is wretchedly poor. He is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be improved. Yet all the time he shirks his work, and considers he is justified in trying to deceive his employer on the ground of the insufficiency of his wages. Such a man does not understand the simplest rudiments of those principles which are the basis of true prosperity. He is not only totally unfitted to rise out of his wretchedness, but is actually attracting to himself a still deeper wretchedness by dwelling in, and acting out, indolent, deceptive, and unmanly thoughts.

Here is a rich man who is the victim of a painful and persistent disease as the result of gluttony. He is willing to give large sums of money to get rid of it, but he will not sacrifice his gluttonous desires. He wants to gratify his taste for rich and unnatural foods and have his health as well. Such a man is totally unfit to have health, because he has not yet learned the first principles of a healthy life.

Here is an employer of labor who adopts crooked measures to avoid paying the regulation wage, and, in the hope of making larger profits, reduces the wages of his workpeople. Such a man is altogether unfitted for prosperity. And when he finds himself bankrupt, both as regards reputation and riches, he blames circumstances, not knowing that he is the sole author of his condition.

I have introduced these three cases merely as illustrative of the truth that man is the cause (though nearly always unconsciously) of his circumstances. That, while aiming at the good end, he is continually frustrating its accomplishment by encouraging thoughts and desires which cannot possibly harmonize with that end. Such cases could be multiplied and varied almost indefinitely, but this is not necessary. The reader can, if he so resolves, trace the action of the laws of thought in his own mind and life, and until this is done, mere external facts cannot serve as a ground of reasoning.

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As Always,
Pray Hard & Trade Safe!
CT

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:29 AM

    deceive what a strange word to use are they asking for forgiveness just automatically forgive
    that way of life isnt used in my dealing with people.
    just a strange heading
    forgiving the deceiver life to short to not forgive but forget hey im not perfect wooly

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  2. There are 2 things at work here -
    #1 A play on words / It is better to give than receive (forgive than deceive)

    #2) Often we deceive ourselves into believing we have forgiven someone or something, when in truth all we have done is stuffed our anger or resentment deep inside. When we do this we become a toxic waste dump of buried emotions.

    The podcast spells it out petty well.

    Blessings
    CT

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