Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Do you forgive others?

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:" Matthew 6:14

Forgiveness a very tough thing for some people to do!

Do you have people that continual try to provoke you everyday?

Do you have a bossy or nagging husband / wife?

Do you have an intimidating mother in law?

Are your children selfish?

What about being in an argument with a really good friend?

These are only a few things that might have had a disagreement and we have left them hanging.

We need to bring the right kind of closure to the matter.

We need to be the bigger person and ask the other for forgiveness.

We need to extend that forgiveness.

"Then came Peter to Him, and said Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but seventy times seven." Matthew 18:22

Forgiveness it the last thing that Jesus prayed for as He hung on the cross.

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34a

When we forgive others we are doing what Christ did for us.

If you have bitterness and hate these rots will begin to spring up and soon be controlled by fruits of unforgiveness.

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of his evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."

Our heart is like a garden.

Whatever kind of seed we plant then that is the kind of seed we get. When we plant seeds of the Spirit....Peace, love joy, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, temperance, and meekness.... These produce flowers. They are going to come back to us as good things. When we plant seeds of wrath, hate, unforgiveness, deceitfulness, vengeance, anger, disobedience, discord, these are the weeds, or tears, thorns that come up to spoil the good that you have sown.

Which seed are you going to plant?

Don't be astonished at what you are reaping by what you plant.

Ask God for forgiveness and start by planting the right type of seeds today.

Don't let the smallest grudge, or insult have room to grow.

Forgiveness is not always easy, but it is essential to emotional and physical health, along with our spiritual growth.

When we forgive we free ourselves emotionally and spiritually, as we have left it in the hands of the Father.

There is nothing like the forgiveness and love of God!

When we forgive we are aligning ourselves in line with His obedience.

We must wait on God to deal with those whom have harmed us, our reputation.

Through His wonderful grace and forgiveness, we have been given eternal life.

Which seeds do you want to plant?

Life giving or death and destruction?

We all deserved death, but He gave us life.

Let us bring to life the way of the Christian life as it was meant to be with forgiveness.

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:35-37


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