5.28.15 Well today I want to talk about something I talked about a while back but I don't think people really realize the need to forgive people. You may not forget what happened but God says we have to forgive. Forgiveness in the Bible is a prominent theme. Yet, it's not uncommon for Christians to have questions about forgiveness. The act of forgiving does not come easy for most of us. Our natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection when we've been injured. We don't naturally overflow with mercy, grace and understanding when we've been wronged. Is forgiveness a conscious choice, a physical act involving the will, or is it a feeling, an emotional state of being?
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Lewis B. Smedes wrote in his book, Forgive and Forget, "When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself."
That statement is so true if you think about it, when you are holding a grudge against someone and not forgiving them it eats @ your very soul. It can actually put you in a state of depression and you may not realize it but it can destroy you.
Forgiveness Quote: "Forgiveness always seems so easy, when we need it, and so hard when we need to give it." --Fresh Start Devotionals
Wow another true quote, have you ever thought about that? It is so easy when you are the one accepting the forgiveness but it''s so hard to tell someone you forgive them. Ever wonder why that is? Maybe it could be our pride which is a sin in itself.
We will know the work of forgiveness is complete when we experience the freedom that comes as a result. We are the ones who suffer most when we choose not to forgive. When we do forgive, the Lord sets our hearts free from the anger, bitterness, resentment and hurt that previously imprisoned us.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
This answer by Jesus makes it clear that forgiveness is not easy for us. It's not a one-time choice and then we automatically live in a state of forgiveness. Forgiveness may require a lifetime of forgiving, but it is important to the Lord. We must continue forgiving until the matter is settled in our heart.
The best reason to forgive is because Jesus commanded us to forgive. We learn from Scripture, if we don't forgive, neither will we be forgiven:
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
We forgive out of obedience to the Lord. It is a choice, a decision we make. However, as we do this "forgiving," we discover the command is in place for our own good, and we receive the reward of our forgiveness—freedom.
One of the reasons I choose this topic tonight is because I have a lot on my mind lately and it seems there is so much drama on facebook where people are being done wrong. Family members don't even talk any more for 1 reason or another. People life is to short to not love one another. God knows and sees all the violence and hatred in the world now days. Do you think He enjoys watching everyone destroying people by doing wrong to them, or what about all the killings going on? Do you think God likes seeing people killed over something stupid. Look @ all the little kids that are being kidnapped for 1 reason or another and then they get killed, for what? What did that child do that they deserve that? God made the ultimate sacrifice, He gave His only Son so that we may live. Really people wake up before it's too late.
Brothers and Sisters are fighting among each other, Mothers and Daughters, Dads and Sons. What is wrong with this picture, I beg you if there's someone in your life who you are having problems with don't air it on Facebook but do like the old days and pick up the phone before it's too late. Wouldn't you hate for that person to die tonight knowing that you never made up with them. It even happens in the Church where someone might get mad @ someone and that pride gets in the way and people either keep going to the Church and don't talk to each other or 1 of them may quit going to Church maybe all together. Wow do you think God is happy about what's happening in the world today? Once again I'm begging you if you are having a problem with someone pick up the phone right now and ask for forgiveness. If I have done anything wrong to someone I'm asking right now that you let me know and I will personally tell you I am sorry and ask for your forgiveness.
God I come to you asking that if I've done anything to dishonor you please forgive me and I come asking that if there is anyone out there that I've done something wrong to that they will forgive me for that. I ask if there is anyone of my facebook family or friends who has someone to ask forgiveness to then they will call them tonight because tomorrow may be too late. God I think you for giving your Son so that we may live even though we don't deserve it. Now please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen