Power In Forgiveness

If you have ever been present at the birth of a new baby you looked at the baby and you visualized the day the baby would walk, talk, perhaps play ball or take dancing lessons.  You saw a bright future and were sure at that moment that you would do everything in your power to see to it that this child’s dreams would come to pass.

 

God sees us at the moment of our birth.  He breathes His Spirit into us and He has already planned our future. The scripture says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and give you a future.” God looks loving at His creations, you and me, and smiles with great expectation on the day of our birth.

 

We aren’t God, however, and at times we are going to fail to live up to His expectations.  We all make mistakes and God anticipated that we would do so at the time He breathed His Spirit into our flesh.

 

Most parents of grown children don’t spend a lot of time thinking of the mistakes their children have made in life.  Instead we remember the cute things they did or said growing up into adulthood.

 

Though our parents forget our mistakes, sometimes we are not as kind to ourselves.  We tend to look back at our failures or some crazy things we have done prior to our commitment to an intimate relationship with God.  Maturity in the Lord involves understanding of the fact that God has forgiven us and now we need to forgive ourselves in order to move forward successfully.  The bible tells us that God, like any loving parent, no longer sees our failures and crazy mistakes.  It is only satan that brings thoughts of a forgiven past to our minds.  Those thoughts can be done away with when we replace them with positive words and scriptures that fit the situations. One such scripture is “I am a NEW creature in Christ Jesus, old things have become new”

 

Yes, we need to admit our mistakes to God and to ourselves.  We don’t justify them or lie to ourselves.  “He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13) Then, if it is at all possible, we need to confess the mistake to others whom we may have hurt.  Some people will never forgive your mistakes that hurt them.  That is their problem. You have been obedient to God and that’s what truly matters in moving on with your life.  If they forgive you WONDERFUL! If they don’t forgive then what does it really matter?  We are taught in the Word  “And when you stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any:  that your Father also, which is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25)

 

It’s not uncommon these days that you come across folks that have been hurt badly by one or many people they trusted.  People who should have loved and cared for them but for one reason or another treated them badly or unfairly.  It is often hard to do but as hard as it is we are commanded to forgive these people.  They may not ask for forgiveness but regardless we are to pray God’s mercy on these folks on judgment day. 

 

It is truly amazing that when you start praying God’s blessings on these people you begin to feel a release in your spirit and your own life begins to change in miraculously positive ways.  Unforgiveness blocks God’s blessings in our lives.

 

There is one more miracle-producing attitude regarding forgiveness.  It happens when you stop talking to everyone you meet about the person who wronged you.  Let it go and let God handle the person.  It may take years but evidentially those who harmed us and spitefully used us begin to reap what they have sowed into our lives.  If you are in counseling you may certainly express your feelings to your pastor or counselor.  You are urged to keep quiet about the person and what they did to everyone else you speak to.  Discuss it with God and then let it go.  “I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4) When you begin to pray for forgiveness for the person who hurt you and quit telling all the “poor little me” stories, God comes on the scene and miracles begin to happen with your attitude.  The turning it over to God and asking Him to bless these folk’s produces a change in THEIR hearts and sometimes they even apologize to the ones they abused.

 

Whether you need help to forgive or need someone to forgive you it doesn’t happen overnight. Release the situation, even if you need to do it fifty times a day, and hold on to God.  While you are healing learn everything you can from the experience so that you too can have compassion, faith and control in weak area’s that brought you into contact with people you hurt and those who hurt you.

 

 

If family is involved remember that you don’t have to spend time with them.  If yours is a situation where family cannot be avoided be polite and then walk away from dissension.  Your have a new family. Your new family is the family of God.  Fellowshipping with your new family is where you find the strength to keep on keeping on.  In the family of God we are loved unconditionally, the same way God loves us.  If you aren’t in a church body where you are loved just the way you are then find another church.

 

I pray today that those reading this article would find it in their hearts to forgive themselves and to forgive others who have used and abused them.  I pray that they will be healed of the pain and through the experience they will be used to help others heal their pain.

 

Forgiveness is a powerful emotion and it moves you forward on your path into joy!

For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God