I have a habit of holding things against people even after I have forgiven them. Even though I don’t want to, I try not to be the “forgive but never forget” type of gal, I still manage to, though. Lucky for us, God forgives a hundred percent and on top of that, He forgets. He doesn’t hold it against you. He says okay and moves on. As for me and my not forgetting, some would say that it’s not very Christian and they’d be right. Don’t get me wrong. We are not bad Christians. You must understand that we are always a work in progress. The Holy Spirit that lives in us and is guiding us daily to find right from wrong. It is up to us to trust that little voice and our “gut feeling” when it comes to making our next move.
Since we are called to be like Jesus we should also start people out on a clean slate. You forgive others not to get right with God but simply because it’s the right thing to do. Remember our buds bitterness and anger? They are what holds you back from forgiveness. Period. We forgive because God forgives us. Jesus died for us. God forgave us. Why? Take a minute to think about that why. Give up?
Out of love God created the universe. He created the heavens and earth because of love. Out of love He gave life to everything and everyone we see. He created everything visible and invisible. That same love is why He sent His Son to died on the cross for the sins of the world. Because of love, Jesus willingly died on that cross. Out of love He rose again and lives today. And out of that very same love, He left us with the Holy Spirit to guide us through our daily lives so that we can live for Him.
Everything we do on a daily basis we do out of love. Love for our families or our friends. We also should forgive because it is something that brings glory to God. As Christians, that’s what our walk should be about. Share the gospel, love unconditionally and glorify God.
Working For Change
Change in forgiveness does not come on its own. It’s up to you to take that step in forgiving or even apologizing and further whatever relationships you are mending. With the right heart, you will know when to overlook an insult and turn away from the sin. A wise heart knows when its time to teach. When that timing is right, build each other up! That’s why being compassionate is important.
Forgive because in bitterness and anger judgment lingers and it is not our place to judge. We are all a creation of God. Know the importance of choosing the correct words at the correct time. Proverbs 15:23 says that timely words are good words. It may not be welcome and maybe the person you are forgiving or apologizing to doesn’t want to hear it or you don’t want to hear it. It may be difficult but it is a good word. Remember that. Especially at the moment, evil words may taste sweet but the Bible says they go sour. No kidding, right?! In times such as these, step back and evaluate the situation, check your own heart because I’m sure you have more issues than Vogue. We all do. Speak grace and truth.
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