Posts Tagged ‘forgive’

I’ve heard the word grace used a number of times when describing several individuals recently. You may think that’s a strange word to use, but if you knew the people concerned I’m sure you’d agree that they are great examples of God’s grace.

Maybe you don’t know what I mean by that, well let me explain.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

These verses from the bible describe God’s grace better than I could ever define it. Those who possess God’s grace have the following qualities

  • humble
  • always available and willing to help those in need
  • forgives without question
  • shares their love of God with others
  • supports and encourages others
  • expects nothing in return from anyone
  • show real love to everyone unconditionally

I’m sure there are plenty of other words/phrases you can think of to describe someone you know who are filled with God’s grace.

I pray that I may try to gain some of these characteristics, and in doing so can be become a great example of God’s grace working in someone’s life.

Some things are easy to say, but difficult to put into practice. For me, the statement in this picture are some of those.

There is one part of this statement that I find far more difficult than the rest – can you guess which part that is?

I suspect you’ll not be surprised when I tell you, “A heart that forgives the worst” is what I find the most difficult. I’m human, have many flaws, and yes, when someone really hurts me or those I love, it can be very difficult to forgive them. However I believe forgiving them is what I must do, and so I do try to forgive, though if I’m honest, I do still struggle with this at times.

I pray that we may each be able to say the above prayer sincerely, knowing that God will help us to achieve the goals stated in this prayer.

God forgives us no matter what we’ve done. If God can forgive us of anything, why can we not forgive others when they hurt us?

That makes it sound as if it should be really easy to forgive others, doesn’t? But in reality when someone hurts us really badly it can take incredible strength and character to forgive them and move on or that you can trust them again.

How do we gain that strength and character to be that person? By being a true Christian, after all Jesus told us to:

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over.” ~ Luke 6:37 (The Passion Translation)

I pray today that God will help each of us to do as Jesus told us, to stop judging and criticising others, but instead forgive them.

“And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”

Matthew 6:14-15 (The Passion Translation)

In Again and Again yesterday I told you how God forgives us over and over again when we hurt him. But as the above extract from Matthew’s gospel we are reminded that although God is willing to forgive us over and over again, we must give Him something in return – We must also be willing to forgive those who hurt us, even though that can be one of the most difficult things we ever do.

When we forgive others, we act more like Christ, and so we show God that we want to be more like Him. So remember, to be forgiven we must also forgive.

Boldly

Posted: May 20, 2018 in life, music, religion, words
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When we do something boldly, we do it without fear, but with confidence and courage, showing a willingness to take risks.

We know God has forgiven us of all our sins, so I think we have the right to be able to boldly approach Him because of that.

This is the art of celebration
Knowing we’re free from condemnation
Oh praise the One, praise the One
Who made an end to all my sin

So let’s be bold today, and be welcomed into God’s open arms.

Do you believe we can affect the future?

If regret over the past leads us to prayer in the present, then the future will be changed. ~ Susan Lenzkes

Prayer can change the future, because when we pray for forgiveness for our past words or behaviour, it changes who we are. This in turn can change who we are, meaning we can change the future.

So let’s make the future a better place to live, by seeking God’s forgiveness for our sins, so that we can become the people God wants us to be.

When someone hurts you, is it easy to forgive them?

Sometimes it can be easy to forgive someone when it’s obvious they are genuinely sorry for whatever they have said or done to hurt you.

What about when the person who hurt you isn’t sorry?

God forgives us when we do or say things which hurt Him, and so must we – be the bigger person and forgive those who hurt you.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles ~ Psalm 34:6 (NIV)

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God loves us.

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God forgives us.

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God saves us.

We can talk about forgiving people who wrong us, but do we really forgive and forget?

We can say our lack of action in a particular situation hasn’t haunted us, but do we ever really get that regret out of our consciousness?

We may put on our ‘public face’ so others can’t see our true feelings, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel overwhelmed by our emotions in public.

Are you the kind of person who sees the best in people, or are you wary of people until you get to know them and only then trusts them?

Just like others, I know I don’t always give others the benefit of the doubt, or forgives and forgets, but I pray daily that God will help me to be the person described in this picture.