Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

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.

In spite of me, God still loves me.

In spite of you, God still loves you.

In fact God really doesn’t care about our past, he’s simply interested in our now and our future. So if we accept Him now, we will realise that our future is secure because God will always love us.

You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease. ~ Psalm 103:3 (The Passion Translation)

Yes, saying thank you to God is a great thing to do, but is it really enough?

I’m not so sure it is – For me I think we also need to say, “Forgive me”, and we need to say it only when we really mean it. Only then do I think we will have said all the words we need to say to God in prayer.

So we need to say, “Thank you” and “Forgive me” to God. I personally need to say both those things to God regularly – He does so much for me that I forget to thank him for, and I say and do things which I know disappoints him. So while I’ve said those words to God before, I know I have to say them to God on a regular basis…I know I need to say thanks to Him and seek his forgiveness, how about you?

How hard is that!

Yes, when people hurt us, physically or emotionally, it can be extremely difficult to forgive them. It can be even more difficult to forgive them if they’re not sorry for what they’ve said or done.

However as Christians we must be willing to forgive and forget, even when those concerned aren’t sorry!

 

We all want to be treated with respect don’t we. How we treat others can often influence how others treat us. So make sure you treat others the way you want others to treat you…lead the way.

How many times have you heard someone say, “If they could see me now…”? – I even asked that question just a few weeks ago in See Me!

When it comes to God, we don’t need to think about that question, as God see us all the time, and knows everything we do or think, long before we even know ourselves.

We must always remember God is watching over us, he sees the small indiscretions that we think no-one will know about, he hears the unkind word uttered in anger behind a closed-door, he knows the temptations we face. That makes it even more important that we acknowledge all the things we say or do that we shouldn’t, and seek God’s forgiveness.

God can see us, and knows and understand everything we face.

Come all you weary
Come and find
His yoke is easy
His burden light
He is able, He will restore
At the table of the Lord

When we approach God’s table, we are seeking His strength, forgiveness, hope and assurance that all will be well.

No matter how broken or tired we are, God can make us strong again. Strong enough to face whatever life throws our way.

God will provide all we need.

We may be forgiven, but there’s more to God’s love for us than just forgiving us…

FORGIVEN

Do you feel God’s love for you?

Forgiven and loved by Jimmy Needham:

A couple of days ago in Unobtainable #1, I spoke about how we all have dreams and goals, and asked you to think about whether your goals were realistic and achievable or unobtainable.

As I also said in the previous post, many do not think God’s love and forgiveness is within their reach, because they believe they are unobtainable goals for them.

It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell others that God’s love and forgiveness is within their reach, and that they do deserve His love and His forgiveness.

God’s love and forgiveness is obtainable and available to everyone.

We all have dreams and goals but are they realistic and achievable or are they unobtainable?

It’s good to stretch ourselves by setting targets that you’ve never achieved before but they have to be targets which are obtainable otherwise there really is no point in setting these goals.

What are your goals or targets? Are they realistic or are they goals that realistically you are never going to achieve?

Sadly for many, when they hear talk of God’s forgiveness and his love, they think that they do not deserve His forgiveness or His love. God is within everyone’s reach, so don’t ever consider God’s love to be unobtainable for you, because He is there within reach of us all if we simply lift our eyes to Him and give Him our heart.