Just about all of us have been hurt at one point or another by someone else. It’s easy to fall into bitterness and resentment that could last the rest of our lives. But as difficult as it is to forgive and move forward it must take place in our hearts. Alexander Pope said “To err is human but to forgive is divine. What seems impossible in the act of forgiveness does come from the dependence and obedience to God almighty because he is the author of forgiveness.
Unforgiveness is harmful and self-defeating and to be honest it makes no logical or spiritual sense. It decomposes a person’s essence and keeps us in sin as an individual. The antidote to unforgiveness is to have forgiveness. To recognize it is to accept truth and to seek healing and to know that God has forgiven us of our sins and has held nothing from us in the state of forgiveness. It is important to realize that God has given us exactly what we need for our lives even today and we should be ever so grateful. When we move in the awesomeness of God what is impossible for us to do God does in us. To know we are forgiven is clearly stated in 1st John 1:9. What a gift the Lord has given us. It is then that we can enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise and be thankful to him. (Psalm 100:4). The sad fact is that many try to enter into Gods holy presence with all the junk and unforgiveness and then wonder why we are not seeing or even hearing what God has for us.
Today if you are struggling with one thing in your life; check and see that you are not carrying un-forgiveness in any area. You may not even realize that it but un-forgiveness can hinder you from the fullness of our Lords blessings for you.
All throughout the bible are stories of wrong doings to those who sought God and yet they had to walk out and forgive all hurts, pains and even divesting circumstances. The list would be too long to mention. I am reminded of this story the Bible depicts the drama: “Joseph could no longer control himself … And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him …” (Genesis 45:12). Then, Joseph revealed himself saying, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” (Genesis 45:3). In other words, Joseph was basically saying: Where were your concerns for our father’s wellbeing when you got rid of me? Where was your concern for me? If you don’t know this story I suggest you read about it in the word.
My prayer today as the season of Christ’s birth comes to the mind to many; may you know the innocence of grace, the fullness of forgiveness and the awesomeness of Love that Christ Jesus has for you. Forgiveness’ is one assurance that you will abide in His peace. What may seem impossible to retain is a factual occurrence; that what you cannot do God Can do and He has a history of doing so in men, women and children all through out the history of time.
Seek Him, Serve Him, and Love Him You will never regret doing so.
Shalom, Much Love Julie