The power to forgive

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Feb 132018
 

When we forgive someone for what he/she did to us-
– we aren’t pretending it never happened,
– or that it wasn’t evil or hurtful.

If we did that-
– we’d be untruthful.

But when we forgive someone-
– we let go of our desire for revenge,
– and we also let go of our anger and bitterness.

Admittedly-
– this is hard to do!

But often the first step is-
– to realize just how much these things are hurting us.

The longer we hold on to them-
– the more they hurt us.
Here,the time is not a healer but a hardener!

Bitterness and anger are like poisons that eat away at our souls-
– and ultimately we are the ones hurt by them,
– not the person who hurt us.

The Bible commands:
“See to it…that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15.

The key is-
– to realize how much God has forgiven us.

No matter how deeply someone may have hurt us-
– we’ve hurt God far, far more-
– both by our deliberate disobedience and our neglect.

Yet God still offers to forgive us, freely and fully, although we don’t deserve it.
And we are called to forgive others in the same way, even if they don’t deserve it.

Ask God to forgive you for all your sins-
– as you open your heart and life to Christ.

Then ask Him to give you the power to forgive this person-
– and to begin looking to the future instead of the past.

(PA)

Bound to the past!

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Feb 052018
 

“He who has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:47). 

A woman came to Ibn Saud, the first king of Saudi Arabia, requesting that the man who killed her husband be put to death.  

The man had fallen from the top of a palm tree when he had been gathering dates and landed on this lady’s husband and killed him. 

The king said:

“It is your right to exact compensation, and it is also your right to ask for this man’s life.

But it is my right to decree how he shall die.

You shall take this man with you and he shall be tied to the foot of a palm tree and then you shall climb to the top of the tree and cast yourself down upon him from that height.

In that way you will take his life as he took your husband’s.

Or perhaps,” Ibn Saud added, “you would prefer after all to take the blood money?” 

The widow took the money. 

To fail to forgive keeps us bound to the past! 

It is a killer-

– not of the one who caused the resentment,

– but the one who carries the resentment.  

Failing to forgive is like drinking poison-

– and waiting for the other person to die! 

Also, as Jesus said:

“He who has forgiven little loves little.”  

One way to love much, therefore, is to confess all our wrongs and sins, not only to God, but to the one(s) we have hurt and do all we can to make restitution and be forgiven ourselves.  

For he who has been forgiven much loves much! 

(PA)

 

Bridge the gap!

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Nov 072017
 

The time to deal with a broken relationship is now!

Not when it’s too late!!

Not every broken relationship can be healed!

But it’s far better to attempt it than to be filled with guilt and regret because the opportunity has passed.

Why don’t we try to heal a relationship that’s been broken?

Why do we allow the break to go on and on, without any effort on our part to change it?

Sometimes it’s because of pride!

We don’t want to admit we might have been at fault, and we don’t want to have to apologize.

Or sometimes, I suspect, it’s because of fear!!

– fear we’ll be rejected, or we fear the other person will simply get angry at us and dredge up the problems of the past.

You can probably think of other reasons why it’s hard for us to reach out to someone we have hurt or who has hurt us.

But these shouldn’t keep us from trying to bridge the gap!

The Bible says, “God has called us to live in peace” (1 Corinthians 7:15).

It also says, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men” (Hebrews 12:14).

If you need to reach out to others (perhaps members of your family), do so today.

After all, this is what God did for us.

We were separated from God because of sin.

But Christ came to forgive us and bring us back to God by His death on the cross.

Is your trust in Him?

(PA)

Oct 222017
 

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“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

You would think that, after observing the behaviour of some people, they have a verse in their Bible that says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, go and tell as many people as possible. And then ultimately go and try to drive that person away.”

But this is not what Scripture tells us to do.

In Matthew 18, Jesus gave us the steps we should take when it appears someone has fallen into sin.
And I emphasize the word appears.

First, we must know all the facts.

When you hear something about someone,
– instead of talking about it,
– determine to go to that person and say,
-“I heard this about you. Is it true?”

Hopefully-
– you can get the issue resolved immediately.

But to fail to go to someone when you know a sin is being committed is-
– to actually cause that individual, and the church as a whole, the greatest harm.

Scripture says, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Gal 5:9).

In most cases, you will find that believers rarely approach a sinning believer or allegedly sinning believer.

Instead of seeking to help a person who possibly may have never sinned at all, they end up slandering that individual.

This is wrong!
This is sin!

If you have ever had this happen to you-
– then you know how painful it can be.

Remember, the devil wants to turn believers against each other.

He will attack us from the outside, but many times, when that does not work, he seeks to infiltrate our ranks and divide us.

Be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

(PA)

The Lord reigns!

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Oct 082017
 

“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” (1 Chronicles 16:31).

Five times the Bible declares:
The Lord reigns!

When we really believe that-
– our thinking changes about every situation in life.

Take the way people treat us, for example.
It’s easy to fly off the handle, harbour bitterness, and let resentment eat away at our souls.
Humanly speaking, such reactions may seem justified, for people can do terrible things to us.

But-
When we recognize the absolute rule of God over even the smallest matters-
– we can trust Him to use even those injuries for glorious good.

Think of Joseph, who forgave His brothers for their horrible mistreatment.
He understood they meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.

Think of the hymnist, Fanny Crosby.

Once when asked about the doctor who had blinded her in infancy-
– she said, “If I could meet him, I would tell him that he unwittingly did me the greatest favor in the world…How in the world could I have lived such a helpful life as I have lived had I not been blind?”

Because He reigns-
– we can forgive others and trust God with it hurts.

The sin of unforgiveness is a cancer-
– that destroys relationships,
– eats away at one’s own psyche,
– and…worst of all..shuts us off from God’s grace.

(PA)