Forgive Fast… “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. Matthew 6:14-15
However, if we fail to forgive others, we place ourselves in an unforgivable position. Our unforgiving attitude invites un-forgiveness from our Heavenly Father. So, those who find mercy with God are to show mercy on behalf of God. Jesus not only came to reconcile us to His father, but to one another. True worship is contingent on reconciliation with people.
Jesus said, “Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:24).
With whom in your life do you need to let go of resentment? Who has distracted your authentic worship of Christ because of their hurtful words? By God’s grace you can forgive them for Christ’s sake, and then be liberated by the love of the Lord. You know you have truly forgiven when the joy of the Lord is once again your strength. There is a song of salvation in your heart and a bounce of hope in your step. Forgiveness frees you to trust again.
Love is the lever that turns on forgiveness in your heart. Allow the Lord to love you in this lonely place and you will be able to love others authentically. “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:11-12).
What does it mean for me to forgive others, as God has forgiven me? How can I make love my motivation for forgiving my parents, friends or foes?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
October 17, 2021
“We live the Christian life in the same way we became a Christian, by grace through faith.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 17, 2021 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking [...]
October 16, 2021
“If you are always focused on the trail, you will miss the purpose for which you hike.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 16, 2021 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and [...]
October 15, 2021
“The losses we experience should be honored and remembered, not forgotten and tucked safely away where they cannot be seen.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 15, 2021 by Guest Writer Rachel Prince (A Series: Second of Three) The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on [...]