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Forgive as the Lord forgave you‘ (Colossians 3:13 NIV)

At some point during our lives, we will probably be hurt, and the hurt may come from a family member or a friend, but what do we do when that happens, and how do we feel when these people hurt us?

We may go completely ‘over-the-top’, we may shout and rage at the person, we may go really quiet and seethe / fume with anger, or we may just storm off from them and the situation.

The Bible says that we should, be patient with each other, ‘bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other‘ (Colossians 3:13 ESV).

How difficult is that? Is it even possible to be patient with some-one that is hurting us?

It can be very hard to forgive, even though we are told to. When some-one has hurt you, forgiving them for what they have done against us, or said to us, may be the last thing you want to do.

Forgiveness requires an inner strength that we do not have on our own. We need Jesus to help us, and we know this, because Jesus said, ‘apart from me you can do nothing‘ (John 15:5 NLT).

No matter how difficult forgiving some-one can be, the Bible tells us that we must / should do it.

You may ask, what difference does it make to me whether or not I forgive a person?

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins‘ (Matthew 6:15 NIV).

So forgiving others, is what Jesus has told us to do, so really we do not have a choice; if not, there will be consequences for us.

But, if we do choose to take the moral high-ground and Biblical teaching by forgiving those who have hurt us, then we benefit also.

If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you‘ (Matthew 6:14 NLT).

And how do we go about the difficult task forgiving people?

We need to, ‘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(Ephesians 4:31 NIV) and why should we do this?

We should do this, ‘just as in Christ God forgave you‘ (Ephesians 4:32 NIV).

Well now we read that, we really should forgive. If God can and does forgive all the horrid stuff that we do, then forgiving some-one for hurting us seems to be the least that we can do, doesn’t it?

How many times do we need to forgive people?

Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks for forgiveness, you must forgive‘ (Luke 17:4 NLT).

So if we work with some-one, or know a person, and they annoy us regularly, (and we all know some-one like that), then if they apologise to us and ask to be forgiven, we must do as Jesus says;

you must forgive them‘ (Luke 17:4 NIV).

That is a very tall order.

In the Old Testament it was said, ‘eye for eye‘ (Exodus 21:24 NIV), and that is how some people still behave; yet when questioned by Peter about forgiveness, and how often should he forgive, Jesus answered;

I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times‘ (Matthew 18:22 NIV).

So what should we do?

Isaiah sang praises to God, ‘O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me‘ (Isaiah 12:1 NKJV).

The Psalmist David, during some contemplation, knew what he should do to get forgiven;

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt… … And you forgave me‘ (Psalm 32:5 NLT).

Micah knew what the Lord was like. Throughout the book, he either warns of destruction, or tells promises of restoration. Finally, at the end of his book, Micah says of the Lord, ‘you [God] will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean‘ (Micah 7:19 NLT).

But the main reason that we should forgive, is that God has told us, what he does for us.

I, even, I am he who blots out your transgression… … and remembers your sins no more‘ (Isaiah 43:25 NIV).

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more‘ (Jeremiah 31:31 NIV).

And I will forgive their wickedness‘ (Hebrews 8:12 NLT).

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven‘ (Romans 4:7 NLT).

And how do we know that we are forgiven?

as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us‘ (Psalm 103:12 NIV).

God spoke to Isaiah, and said, ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, They shall be as white as snow‘ (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV).

But ultimately, when we become a Christian, we know we are forgiven, we become different, ‘if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come‘ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).

And how did this happen?

It did not happen by chance, God had an ‘end-game’. He knew what he had to do, God, sent his only Son to be sacrificed for our sins, (John 3:16).

And we need to remember, ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace‘ (Ephesians 1:7 NIV).

We have done nothing, grace is free;

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me… … T’was grace that taught my heart to fear… … And grace will lead us home‘ (John Newton).

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Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

T’was grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Chris Tomlin

 

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Father God, we are thankful that we do indeed get the forgiveness from you, that we do not deserve. We know that when we turn to you in repentance, whatever we have done in the  past is no longer remembered. Whatever we have done, we know that you, God will forget, and forgive. We know that we also need to forgive, and for that we ask for your strength to help us. Without you, we know we can do nothing. Help us we pray.
Lord we pray for all people who have entered into marriage, that you will be central in their life. Help them and guide them through their life that they share, but help them to keep you their focus. May they know your love and show and share your love with each other, and others. Lord may all people know you centrally in their lives.

Amen

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