Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Friday, March 21, 2008

How to forgive

How To Forgive:

One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job. His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him. He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.

Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find,knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there. With tears in his eyes, he prayed: "Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.

Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot. I don't know how. It is not fair Lord. I didn't deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to forgive. As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive.

My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do - Teach me To Forgive" As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.

He opened his eyes. Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.

He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them. He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross.

He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.

Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face As their eyes met, the man's tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak. "Have you ever told a lie?" He asked? The man answered - "yes, Lord." "Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?" The man answered - " yes. Lord." And the man sobbed more and more. "Have you ever taken something from work that wasn't yours?" Jesus asked? And the man answered - "yes, Lord." "Have you ever sworn, using my Father's name in vain? " The man, crying now, answered - "yes, Lord." As Jesus asked many more times, "Have you ever"?

The man's crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer - "yes, Lord."

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus.

When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before. Jesus said, "I didn't deserve this either, but I forgive you."

Is there someone in your past or present who you have felt you just could not forgive?

If Jesus could forgive us how can we not do the same?

Like the man in this story; we may not know how to forgive someone who has wronged us so badly, but, the Lord can enable us to do just that if we ask Him.

Is there someone you have not been able to forgive?

God’s Word has much to say about forgiveness:

"If a brother wrongs you 7 times a day & each time turns again and asks for forgiveness, forgive him." Luke 17:4-5

Forgive those offending you:

"But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too." Mark 11:25-26

"Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but, if you refuse to forgive them , he will not forgive you." Matthew 6:14-15

If you have offended someone:

"So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God & suddenly remember that a friend has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar & go & apologize & be reconciled to him, & then come & offer your sacrifice to God. " Matthew 5:23-24

God wants forgiveness from the Heart:

"You will be turned over to the tormentors if you do not forgive from your heart." Matthew 18:35

After we have given & received forgiveness: God’s heart is to forgive us.

"Yes, I alone am He who blots away your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again." Isaiah 43:25

Is there someone in your life whom you have not forgiven?

Perhaps you feel you have forgiven, but, you are still remembering the hurt, perhaps you even still talk about it sometimes, that is not forgiveness.

If we ask the Lord to help us forgive that person, He will, He is faithful to do this His Word says so.

If we ask the Lord to forgive us for holding this unforgiveness against someone, He is faithful to do so and He will cause us to forget it once and for all.

Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name of Jesus. Lord search our hearts and tell us if there is someone we are holding unforgiveness against. Perhaps it has been long ago, please bring it to our remembrance and help us forgive that person and have love in our hearts toward them.

At this Easter “Resurrection” weekend, I pray you and your family have a blessed Easter Sunday.

God Bless you.


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