March 2, 2012

Free to Forgive

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 2, 2012

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

Every follower of Jesus Christ is free to forgive, because they have been set free. Freedom to forgive is not an allusive opportunity in which only the super spiritual saints participate. In fact, it is more the natural disposition for the normal Christian life. People of faith who don’t extend forgiveness to all masquerade their own forgiveness.

A lost world watches a disciple of Jesus forgive and wonders how they can experience that same freedom. Indeed, effective evangelism follows a forgiving lifestyle. It is unconventional and unnatural to not hold a grudge or remain bitter toward a person who has violated the moral rights of another—especially a victim of an unscrupulous authority. But a mature believer lets go of hurt and lets God heal and deal with the offender.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Who has hurt you? Has an ex-spouse, a callous coach, an irresponsible relative, or an arch enemy kept you defensive and distant, because of their harsh actions? Maybe you are stuck in a crazy cycle, in a career that seems to be a dead end road where you verge on rage, as desperate feelings fog your faith. However, forgiveness finds its way out of a heart that has been harnessed by faith. So—forgive—as God has forgiven you.

Christ followers are fully capable of forgiveness or they would not be Christ followers. In fact, your experience of forgiveness with your heavenly Father is contingent on your forgiveness of others. Are you a believer in Jesus who is in bondage for refusing to forgive? His sweet freedom awaits you, as you appropriate mercy and pity toward another’s pride. Hardhearted arrogance melts in the face of humble love and service.

Thus, seek out those who have not sought you and see to it that they feel forgiven and loved by you. Picture in prayer your Lord Jesus forgiving others whose language of forgiveness is foreign to their lips. Those who have not tasted the forgiveness of God do not know any better—they remain in bondage—but you who are freed by Him do. Christ’s love liberates—His forgiveness sets free, so you are free indeed to do the same.

“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” Hebrews 9:15

Who needs ongoing forgiveness from me, so they can see the love of Christ in action?

Related Readings: Genesis 50:17; Matthew 18:35; Mark 11:25; Luke 23:34; Romans 8:2

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Comments

  1. maryann says:

    i have a husband who has done very sick perverted things. for more than 30 years….actually he struggled with sex addiction since he was 9 and he is 59 years old. it is hard….because i do not trust him……the things he has done in my marriage are sick…..he continues to look at porn. what do i do?
    have no where to go. i know i have to forgive but now he just disgusts me and repulses me.
    maryann_vonstietz@yahoo.com

  2. Billy says:

    Boyd, I am praying for you today.

  3. Moni says:

    I’ve been incredibly hurt by a member of my family & this person never thinks they’ve done anything wrong. They’ll never apologize to me. I have forgiven them but I hesitate to try to fix the relationship because they continue to hurt me & I’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve this kind of treatment. How should I handle this?

    1. Evelyn says:

      Moni: Your situation is my situation. I have felt the same way and continue to feel the same way. I have prayed to forgive them for the horrific hurts I have experienced that were so traumatizing, it threw me into needing therapy for awhile. But time definately does heal with the Lords help. And I humbled myself to Him and I have chosen to forgive those who have hurt me so. But as far as trying to reconcile and mend the relationships….sometimes that can not be done; no matter how hard we wish it to be. Some (most) of those who impose the hurt will not say they are sorry and try to make it right with you. So you just have to forgive them and stay away and go on with your life. Only Jesus can change them to where they will admit they were wrong towards you and ask forgiveness and try to mend the hurts. God bless you. Evelyn

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