Tag Archive | forgiveness

Psalm 86:15 ” But You, O Lord, are compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

God is ever merciful and kind towards you…regardless of how badly you act towards Him.  It tells us in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  We need to reflect the mercy God first showed us by forgiving others.  Forgiveness is so very powerful…because it’s the starting point for both parties to begin the road towards healing.  For without forgiveness,  there will never be a release from all the negative and dark emotions of resentment, anger, and bitterness.  For without forgiveness, you are never really set free from the past.

II Thessalonians 2: 16-17 ” May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

The Lord would like you to know that you are loved.  You are valued and precious in His sight.  Regardless of where you come from…how notorious your background may be, or how far you’ve walked away from Him…Jesus loves you.  You may say to yourself, “No one can love me…I’m too bad of a person.”  But you don’t know the Lord, and if you would just take a peek into His Word,  you’d see that all of Scripture is a love letter to you.  It’s written just for you,  to encourage and exhort…to strengthen and establish and allow you to become the very best person you can be.  By His wonderful grace – God’s loving kindness towards you –  there is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation back to your Heavenly Father.  There’s no need to walk out this life alone with feelings of isolation and loneliness…Jesus loves you,  just as you are, right where you are today.

Acts 8:36 ” As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ “

Philip, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, had found a Ethiopian eunuch traveling the road between Jerusalem and Gaza.  The eunuch was reading the book of Isaiah, but was perplexed, so Philip started with that scripture, (Isaiah 53:7-8) and explained to the eunuch the good news of Jesus.  Later as they traveled together, they came upon some water and it’s here the eunuch asks, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”  Now in some late manuscripts verse 37 is added which says, “Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’  The eunuch answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ ”  Baptism is the public demonstration of a personal decision…it symbolizes spiritual renewal, forgiveness of sins, adoption by God and eternal life.  If you are a Believer but have never been baptized…ask yourself the same question the eunuch did, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

Mark 11:25 ” And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins.”

The concept in this Scripture is very clear…forgive so that you may be forgiven.  So why yet do we find so much pleasure in holding onto grudges?  What starts out as a simple miscommunication or disagreement,  morphs into something with a life all its own.  Anger simmers, and shifts into resentment…frustration stews over how we’ve been wronged, and slowly changes into spite and hard feelings.  Holding grudges only harm ourselves…they allow the root of bitterness to take hold and flourish within…and they prevent God from working fully in our lives.

Matthew 18: 21-22 ” Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘ Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘ I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ “

Jesus was explaining to Simon Peter that the number of times we need to forgive one another is just arbitrary.  It’s not about keeping a score card on that other person…for the act of forgiveness not about them at all.    Forgiveness stems from the unlimitless  capacity to forgive that Jesus first showed us while we were still sinners.  So as Christians, we are compelled to show each other the same kind of forgiveness…for forgiveness comes out of love for the Lord and each other.  The act of forgiveness is for our benefit, not others.  For if we allow unforgiveness to fester inside, blame escalates,   and with it,  growing bitterness, which leads only to spiritual blight.

II John 6 ” And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.”

To walk in love means that the love of God has become so ingrained in you that it has become part of your personality.  I come from a long line of stoic German farmers who are not huggers, so when I became a Nurse,  I had to train myself to touch people…sometimes in very intimate ways, in potentially embarrassing procedures.  And over the years, showing compassion and God’s love through touch just became part of me.  We all need to determine to walk in love.  To respect rather than disregard…to forgive rather than condemn…to show mercy rather than harshness…to be kind rather than cruel.

II Corinthians 2: 10-11 ” If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven – if there was anything to forgive – I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”

In Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth he’s stressing  the need for forgiveness.  One of Satan’s favorite tricks is to draw us into a attitude of unforgiveness towards others.  He exploits our feelings of resentment and anger,  and sadly our soul deteriorates as bitterness takes over.