Posted: November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ” Ephesians 4:32

Usually when we think “F-Word” it has bad connotations. But there are some great “F-Words” in the English language. Family is a great word. So is fellowship. The Bible tells us to practic “forbearance”, which means we put up with a lot of junk from other people without keeping score or getting upset. We let some things simply slide by because of love.

But there is no greater F-word than the word “forgiveness”. Forgiveness means that we release someone from a debt or an oligation. Usually, it involves the fact that someone has said or done something that has hurt us in some way. So now, they are in our debt. We feel that we now have a right to return the “hurt,” to even the score.

What if God held us responsible for everything we have ever done that has hurt him, or has hurt others? We already have a debt to Him so great that we can never repay. And yet, through Jesus Christ, God offers us total forgiveness. And God calls us to forgive others the same way that He has forgiven us.

Why don’t we want to release people from this debt? Because we know that God has said, “Vengeance is mine.” Meaning that God will settle our debts. And we are afraid that God will treat those who have hurt us in the same way that He has treated us, with mercy and compassion. Much like Jonah at Ninevah, who got mad because after all the trouble Jonah went to preaching a message of destruction, God relented when the people repented. And Jonah was angry.

When we fail to forgive others, we forfeit the freedom that forgiveness brings in our lives. We become a slave to the person that we are unwilling to forgive. A “root of bitterness” develops in our lives, and we are forever seeking to get even. As a result, we are easily hurt, and we lash out in an effort to hurt in return.

Today, drop the “F-bomb” of forgiveness every chance you get. Forgive those who have hurt you, in the same way that God has forgiven you in Christ. You will experience a new peace and joy.

  1. Pdoftookiedoo says:

    Great post.may we all learn to forgive and recieve the blessing Gos has for us.

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