Monday, May 8, 2017
Welcome to my Monday Blog, Friends!
Message for the day: “Let your past make you better not bitter.”
If you think about that little quote, it’s really quite profound. The thing about the past is that we tend to live in it more than the present—don’t we?
However, If we live in the past and hold onto to the pain of the memories of how wrong “we were done”, it’s virtually impossible to live in the present enjoying peace and harmony. Oh, it’s there alright, we just refuse to get on the “Happy Train”.
Why do we do this to ourselves? I can answer that question like this: Un-Forgiveness.
We bring all our past un-forgiveness into the present. So how on this Earth, can one live in peace and harmony carrying all that un-forgiveness around day and night, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, after year, after year? And heaven forbid, then we die…with all that dark, self-absorbed un-forgiveness still in our hearts. For what? What are we trying to prove? WHO gets hurt? WHO can’t live in that true peace and harmony? WHO is truly missing out on LIFE… OUR GREATEST GIFT OF ALL ON THIS GREAT PLANET?
It occurs to me that all this goes back to FORGIVENESS. See, Un-forgiveness is what we’re left with when we do not forgive.
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” —Jesus
Our precious Jesus was dying on the old rugged Cross, yet, He prayed out loud to GOD, His heavenly Father, for FORGIVENESS for those who had “done Him wrong”—those who had sinned against Him—those whose intentions were to steal the very Life out of Him. Jesus was still a mortal in that moment, and He made the decision on His own, that He was not going to die with un-forgiveness in His heart. In that moment, He had free-will, just as we do in this very moment.
Of course, these are just my personal feelings about forgiveness since I have a track record of what I call un-forgiveness. It took me a looooong time to forgive my father. He hurt me so much, and I was going to punish him by not forgiving him. He broke my heart and he just didn’t deserve my forgiveness. That was the only way I could “hurt” him. What a sad, confused and messed-up little heart I was carrying around in side me for all those years.
So, let’s see what the Bible says about FORGIVENESS?
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him;
For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son, He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Micah 7: 18-19
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgressions of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Mark 11: 25
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Matthew 6: 9-15
“This is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive yours sins.”
It’s quite clear just how important forgiveness is to God. If we expect Him to forgive us of our sins, then we must forgive those who have sinned against us. Jesus had to die for our sins. That’s what He did for us that day. We mustn’t minimize that and always hold that in our hearts and minds. He isn’t asking us to die for Him, however, He is asking us to live for Him. And, considering all that He has done for us, who are we NOT to forgive anything and everyone? Our very salvation depends on it!!
I will leave you with this:
With God, ALL things are possible. We can’t get to heaven with un-forgiveness in our hearts— so, pray in earnest…for a forgiving heart. GOD loves us and is always there—ALWAYS.
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!
I pray for you, please pray for me.
I love you, Margaret
PS Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free. Hallelujah!!