No Offense! November 12 Notes from Papa via Paul Gray
To My very special child, who I love to encourage and build up,
When you receive hurtful, unfair criticism, I am with you and I feel it too. I too have received hurtful, unfair criticism almost from the beginning of My creation of mankind.
I don’t want you to pretend that it doesn’t hurt. That denial is a lie and causes even more problems. Neither do I want you to try to convince yourself that it doesn’t matter. That is also denying reality.
What I want you to absolutely know is that My opinion of you is what trumps everything and that My grace is more than sufficient. My grace that I continually lavish on you, covers everything!
When you are hateful to Me and unfairly criticize Me, My grace covers that. By My grace I have made allowances in advance for your faults. It is to My glory to overlook an offense, to forgive all offenses in advance, to not take an offense… all of which I always do with you and everyone!
I live in you. We are one spirit. You have My supernatural power and I want to live as you and through you. That means that when you get hateful, hurtful, unfair criticism, don’t take it. Give it to me immediately! The quicker you give it to Me, the less effect it has on you.
Just don’t take offenses at all! Instead think about what is pure, lovely, admirable, true and worthy of praise… which means think about how I treat you when you hurtfully criticize Me. Think about the truth that I don’t take it… I have forgiven it in advance, never bring it up to you and choose not to remember it.
I have made you pure, lovely, admirable and worthy of praise in Christ Jesus. It is true that My pure unconditional agape love, expressed as grace, covers everything! It is true that you have Holy Spirit power that enables you to love even when you are being treated unfairly. It’s true that you have My power to dwell on the joy of our relationship now and forever. It is true that you, because I live in you and because we are one, are patient, peaceful, kind, good, gentle and faithful. You give mercy and grace. You put others before yourself. All that is true!
So focus on and think about whatever is true! Then pray for those who are hurtful and unfairly criticize you. Pray that they would very soon come to know and experience My unconditional love that always does what is best for the other. Pray that they would experience what they already have– unconditional forgiveness, radical unwavering grace and unlimited reconciliation with Me. Once they do experience and enjoy these riches that they already have, they too will pass that on to others and let Me love others in, as and through them. Then life gets better for everyone!
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