God is calling us to examine our hearts so that there is no root of bitterness lying dormant ready to sprout; that we have not hidden a grudge away into the dark places of our mind. Forgiveness is such a powerful word whose energy ripples through the universe.
I believe God has sent out his warning; that there is coming a time when we will be tested as to our level of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not a one time act at certain points in our lives when we feel the probing of the Holy Spirit. Rather our total life must be lived in an act of forgiveness. Forgiveness should be a way of life, for we have the risen Christ born into our hearts. Is he not the epitome of forgiveness? Since we have the fullness of Christ dwelling with in us, and since the life we now live, we live by the faith of the Son of God; forgiveness should be not second nature but first nature to us.
For just as we have be crucified with Christ, and baptised into his dearth, so to we have risen to a fullness of life, a life of forgiveness. Therefore by the renewing of our mind subjecting all thoughts to Christ we will live in the moment of forgiveness. We need to remember that even the non believer forgives others, but if that is all we do, are we no better then the pagan? No we must be more forgiving than the world’s standards.
God has forgiven us, for while we were Gods enemies separated from him by our sin of pride and self determination Christ died so that we might reign with him in the heavenly places. Hence forgiveness has been born into out psyche and with us living in the heavenly kingdom, forgiveness is not an option, as it must that should flow out and reach all you have touched us in a negative manner. To live in the moment of forgiveness is to never allow any thought or a grudge to reside in our hearts. To use a familiar saying;’ our minds must be made of Teflon’ so any hurtful barb slides straight off, and we are not even conscious of it.
Harbouring a seed of bitterness prohibits one from experiencing all the blessings God has in store for those that walk after him and causes God to limit his use of your talents for the building up of the body of Christ.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins . Make no mistake: God is not making a bargain with us here. He is not saying, “Because you’ve forgiven others, I will forgive you.” We can never earn God’s forgiveness. Only the shed blood of Christ merits forgiveness of sin.
Rather, Christ is saying, “Full confession of sin requires that you forgive others. If you hold on to any unforgiveness, then you haven’t confessed all your sins. True repentance means confessing and forsaking every grudge, crucifying every trace of bitterness toward others. Anything less is not repentance.”
We all with an upturned face gaze into the glory of the Father and as we do, we are being changed from glory unto glory as we obtain to the fullness of Christ.
I pray that this message inspired and written by the Holy Spirit will speak to our open and pliable hearts.
[quote]God is calling us to examine our hearts so that there is no root of bitterness lying dormant ready to sprout; that we have not hidden a grudge away into the dark places of our mind. Forgiveness is such a powerful word whose energy ripples through the universe.[/quote]
A much needed message, watchmanjohn. Thank you.
Thank you for this critical reminder, especially regarding forgiveness NOT being a one time shot. We must keep forgiving, 70 times 70 if needed. Without forgiveness, bitterness (or apathy) will spring forth and choke out the truth, the will to do things right and the passion to love.
Thanks again for sharing this vital message.
Blessings 2 You!
I really liked this article. I have just begun to really grasp the necessity of forgiveness in the Christian life. It is one of those traits that separate us from unbelievers when we forgive what many might call, "unforgivable." I will never forget a man who was attacked during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, forgiving the attackers in court, that had tried to kill him by smashing his skull with a concrete block, simply because he was white.