As a human being, one of the toughest things to do is FORGIVE. God has wired us as emotional beings for good and for bad. This wiring allows us to get along with people, fall in love, share good times, and comfort each other in bad times. It is also the mechanism that drives hatred and destruction, murder, abuse, bigotry, racism etc… When you think about it, I mean really think about it, the difference between the two scenarios above is FORGIVENESS.
So why is it so difficult, why is it so much easier to hold onto a hurt, and allow that hurt to solidify in our hearts and harbor negativity towards another person? I don’t have the answer, but I do know that God paid the ultimate price through Jesus dying on the cross for us as the ultimate act of Forgiveness! His Word is perfectly clear that Forgiveness is not an option, but a – hard and fast – requirement to be a part of God’s Kingdom. Over the years, I have struggled with this requirement from God, and in His mercy, He continues to help me grow. Recently, when I needed to engage Forgiveness, it was brutally hard for me to do, and as I was praying for help, God gave me this….
Forgiveness can end...or.... restore a Relationship. Restoration comes by way of acknowledgement, apology and repentance.
When we are wronged, we are called to forgive and keep forgiving.... but it also means that the relationship changes and sometimes that means it ends. God gives us the example of applied forgiveness with how He treats all of us.... Without Repentance, what we thought we had (relationship) is not there, so it is dead and a new relationship is birthed. The new one will have a different look and feel to it.... However, if somebody comes to us with clear and complete acknowledgement, makes a - no excuse apology - and turns from their ways, demonstrating repentance.....then, you have restoration.
12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. 14 "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. [Mat 6:12-15 NLT]
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" 22 "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven! [Mat 18:21-22 NLT]
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. [1Jo 1:9 NLT]
We are a fallen people and God's forgiveness is always there. When we acknowledge our sins, confess them and turn from our wicked ways, we have a born-again relationship with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Thank you Jesus for this light of revelation for me and I hope it helps somebody else out there.. Give your whole heart to God.... what are you waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)