FORGIVENESS, “WORTH CONSIDERING” (Across my desk this morning.)
“…and [love] keeps no record of being wronged.” (1 Corinthians 13:5, NLT)
Keep No Record
The Bible says that God is love. He doesn’t just have love, He is love. The love we have is an extension of Him. When you invite Jesus to be the Lord of your life, the Bible says that He actually makes His home in your heart. Think about that for a minute. The Creator of the universe, who cannot be contained by anything, chose to make His home on the inside of your heart. That means that perfect love is on the inside of you. First Corinthians 13 tells us what that looks like. When we are walking in God’s love, we are patient. We are kind. Love always forgives. That means choosing to let go of bitterness, hurt and anger. If you have a mental list of all the people who have hurt or offended you, let it go. Let His love work in you and through you today.
A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, thank You for loving and setting me free. Thank You for choosing to live on the inside of my heart. Show me if I am holding on to unforgiveness in any area so that I can forgive and walk in peace and victory today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
In talking with a young man a few days ago I noticed that he totally avoided another friend of mine due to something that HAPPENED in the past???? He said that Jesus was with him and so I asked him about forgiveness??? as in the “Lord’s Prayer.” His reply was that he had forgiven him but it was OK not to like him and to avoid him. My thoughts ran to , “I am sure glad that my Heavenly Creator does not treat me that way.”
Also we also have a big problem with guilt by association. We were deeply hurt by someone in the past and our heart has lockeded in on that. And here comes along someone in the future who for some reason reminds you of that pain and we tend shut out that person for no reason at all. To reject someone is really the root meaning of hate. But in the Early Church rejection was also used for correction, but always with the opportunity for forgiveness and restoration. We call this tough love. But the motivation is not personal but community corrective as in:
So what is the evidence that you are a True Believer in Christ Jesus? Do you share His word and commandments when given the opportunity? Are there others living in Faith in Christ Jesus as LORD due to your help? If you were convicted for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you. Even the lost, love and do good to those they love. Even atheists do this….. So works alone do no qualify. It is in making Christ Jesus LORD that HE becomes our Savior. Christ Jesus as LORD is the only way of Salvation.
Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org (Friday evening, House Church here in Kealia, Pot Blessing, come if you can. Past issues of “WORTH CONSIDERING” are available on our Home Page as a link if interested.)