FORGIVENESS

ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me.    John 3:16-18

FORGIVENESS,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”   4/10/20

Today’s Scripture   (Found in my emails from Texas this morning.)
“…Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Lk. 23:34

Forgive So You Can Be Free
As Jesus was hanging on the cross, having been betrayed by one of His disciples, falsely accused by the religious authorities, mocked by soldiers, and about to breathe His last breath, He did something significant. He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” They didn’t ask for or deserve forgiveness. But Jesus was showing us by example to release the toxin of unforgiveness so that nothing will hold us back.

When somebody does us wrong, human nature wants to hold on to the hurt and anger, to carry around a bitter grudge. We think, I’m not going to forgive them. They don’t deserve it. But you’re not forgiving for their sake; you’re forgiving for your sake. Unforgiveness is a toxin that will contaminate your life. When you forgive, as Jesus did, you’re not excusing their behavior. You’re simply getting the poison out of you. You have to forgive so that you can be free.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your love toward me. Thank You that because I am freely forgiven by Jesus on the cross, I can also forgive others for anything they’ve done wrong to me. I declare that I’m letting it go and getting the poisons out of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

My Thoughts: 
One of the major things in the LORD’s example of prayer that the disciples asked HIM for.  First HE honored HIS name and Kingdom to come and to bless us with a stable life and food and in verse 12 made the clear statement, want to be forgiven?  Forgive!!!  And in verse 14-15 and Jesus doubles down on it again as very important: “For if you forgive [j] others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.”  Matt.6:8-15

I also agree with the statement that Unforgiveness is personally Toxic and impairs your health.

This is something that I had to go through with my parents over and over till now I look back and only remember the good things that they did for me while growing up as an introverted spoiled lonely only child.  Later I could see why I had no younger siblings, I would have probably killed them.  And later I began to remember what I did that in many ways caused them to react to me the way that they did.   And in humility and obedience I had to ask the Lord for forgiveness for my part of their frustrations.  like at age 15, filling with gas and tying all of my fathers white long rubber balloons with thread to the front porch up about 500 feet in the air just about when he came home…  Or the time, also 15,  I made about 2# of black gun powder and nearly burned down the rental house we were living in.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace, mercy & forgiveness,    Blessings   Ken<><
www.Trinity-Aloha.org       A little tired tonight.

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