“FORGIVENESS”

SOMETIMES WE FEEL OTHERS NEED TO FORGIVE US. WE CAN FEEL SO WRONGED AND SO HURT, WE OFTEN DEMAND THEIR FORGIVENESS. AS OTHERS HAVE WRONGED US, WE CAN CARRY THE BURDEN. FORGIVENESS CAN BE A TWO WAY STREET.

IS THERE SOMEONE YOU NEED TO FORGIVE? LAST YEAR OR IN YEARS PAST, WHO HAS WRONGED YOU? HAVE YOU FORGIVEN THEM OR ARE YOU CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF WAITING TO FORGIVE THEM? THERE IS NO REASON TO WAIT ANY LONGER. JUST AS YOU EXPECT TO BE FORGIVEN, OTHERS DESERVE YOUR SPECIAL ATTENTION IN FORGIVING THEM.

IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, IT IS A HUGE ONE WAY STREET. WE HAVE A PERFECT GOD WHO CANNOT DO ANY WRONG. SINCE GOD IS PERFECT, THERE IS NEVER A NEED TO FORGIVE HIM. THE ONE WAY STREET WITH GOD IS HIS FORGIVING US. WE STUMBLE AND FALL IN DISOBEDIENCE DAILY…SOMETIMES SEVERAL TIMES IN A DAY. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE FAIL, GOD DOES NOT KEEP COUNT. GOD FORGIVES US.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN FORGIVEN IN YOUR LIFE FOR GOING AGAINST GOD’S DESIRES FOR YOU? THINK BACK. IF YOU ARE LIKE MOST OF US, THE INTENTIONAL SINS AND THE UNINTENTIONAL INDISCRETIONS ARE PROBABLY IN THE THOUSANDS OR TENS OF THOUSANDS OVER THE YEARS. EVEN AFTER OUR FAILING ALL OF THESE TIMES, GOD FORGIVES. WE ARE STILL HIS CHOSEN TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH HIM IN HEAVEN AND ALL HE ASKS IS TO TRUST AND BELIEVE.

IF GOD IS SO GENEROUS IN HIS FORGIVENESS, ISN’T IT TIME TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE WRONGED YOU? CAN YOU HEAR GOD TELLING YOU ON JUDGEMENT DAY; “I FORGAVE YOU 10,000 TIMES, BUT YOU DID NOT FORGIVE MY OTHER CHILDREN.”? HAVE A GOOD CONVERSATION WITH GOD TODAY. ASK HIM TO GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE WRONGED YOU.

TODAY, DEVOTE YOUR SELF TO FORGIVING SOMEONE. SUNDAY, WE WILL TALK ABOUT HOW TO ASK TO BE FORGIVEN FOR OUR OWN WRONGS.

“FOR IF YOU FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY SIN AGAINST YOU, YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU. BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS THEIR SINS, YOUR FATHER WILL NOT FORGIVE YOUR SINS.” MATTHEW 6: 14-15