Forgiveness

Forgiveness: The act of forgiving; Forgive: To cease to blame or feel resentment against.

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Devotion for Forgiveness

     “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”; “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger…forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”, but I didn’t know how I was going to forgive or how to get rid of my anger in this instance. I won’t go into the particulars, but I will tell you that I had never been so hurt and so angry at any other time in my life. I felt betrayed and helpless, and the anger so consumed me, that it was all I could think about. It was the first thing that came to my mind when I woke up, it was the last thing I thought about before I went to sleep and I thought about it all day. When I looked in the mirror to put on my makeup, there was the anger. While driving to the store, there was the anger. Making supper, the anger hovered over me like a huge dark cloud. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I knew I had to pray and ask God for his help. I felt like my faith was being stretched to it’s absolute limit and I knew that I had to forgive this person, if I was to ever be freed from anger. I also knew that if I did not seek God, the anger would become a consuming fire in the very depths of my soul. I knew, from previous experience, that trusting the scriptures works, but they didn’t seem to be helping me, this time. The key to the last statement is the word “seem”. I couldn’t see God at work, I could not feel the scriptures at work, but after one week of agonizing pain, intense anger and sleepless nights, it happened. The anger disappeared; I could not find it anymore!

      It was a Sunday morning and I was getting ready for church. I had been up for quite a while, reading my bible, busy fixing breakfast for everyone, etc. and the time came for me to get ready. I had finished my bath and was looking in the mirror, getting ready to dry my hair. In that moment, I realized that I had not thought about this situation once all morning, the cloud of anger was gone! I had not thought about it during my devotional time, when I was praying and I had even been singing all morning. I was my old happy-go-lucky self again. Not only was I not angry anymore, but I truly could not feel how it had felt. I searched my mind and my heart, and there truly was no anger towards the person. God had removed it to a great somewhere. At last I was free of anger . . . I was free to forgive. With the anger gone, I was again free to love those around me. How did it happen?

     I don’t need to know or understand how God, his word and the spirit world work, I just know that my faith puts them into action! Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” I understand this verse much better after having lived through the experience. I praise God for that time in my life, because it taught me that he is faithful and that I can trust him to move on my behalf, especially in difficult times. I honestly believe Ephesians 3:20, which says that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

    I have not forgotten the experience, but I have truly forgiven the person. To tell the truth, I do not want to forget the experience, because it reminds me of God’s overwhelming love and faithfulness to me. If I forgot the experience, I would also forget the wonderful deliverance. God is waiting, and actually wants to work on his children’s behalf. If you need to forgive someone, try leaning on God. Trust him, try him and prove him . . . I guarantee that he will not disappoint you!

Relating Scriptures:

Luke 6:37
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Matthew 6:12
Forgive us our debts (trespasses), as we also have forgiven our debtors (those who have trespassed against us).

Matthew 6:14-15
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.

II Chronicles 7:14
. . . if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Psalm 130:2-5
O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

Mark 11:24-26
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3:12-14
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Psalm 103:11-13
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me: Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

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