Obstacles to Forgiveness

October 24, 2017

Matthew 18:21-35

Forgiveness can be defined as letting go of both resentment and the right to return hurt. On the other hand, unforgiveness demands that the guilty one pay for the wrong he or she did.

According to these definitions, unforgiveness looks very much like justice, and forgiveness seems inequitable. That’s why we have such a hard time with it. Forgiveness goes against our natural sense of fair play. Yet God calls us to forgive those who don’t deserve it!

To avoid offering a pardon, we dwell on the wrongdoing until our desire to retaliate seems totally justified. Convinced of our right to be angry, we demand repayment, thinking, Releasing a person from deserved punishment is unfair!

The Father faced the same dilemma. All humanity had sinned and deserved eternal separation from Him. He couldn’t simply forgive sin arbitrarily, because He’d then cease being just. Our forgiveness is possible only because divine justice was satisfied by the Son’s payment for our sins. As a result of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, God is free to righteously forgive us.

When we accepted the Lord’s forgiveness, we gave up all rights to hold anything against anyone else. An unforgiving heart is miserable because it is far from God, who is the source of all peace and joy.

Does the thought or sight of someone arouse harsh feelings within you? Holding onto a grievance will keep you imprisoned in emotional turmoil, but letting go will set you free. Christ has provided the key of forgiveness. Take hold of it, unlock the door, and walk out into the light.


Twenty-second Day

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb. 13:5

The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long. Deu.33:12

God uses the humble

Obedience use the major characteristic of the person who is mightily and spirit. Generally speaking obedience characterized the faith of Abraham from his first encounter with God until his death.

God always connects obedience with blessing,even when He does not stretch out the full details of what that blessing may be. The Lord “appeared” to Abram only after Abram obeyed His voice by  morning Canon. As Abrams faith grew so did the details of God’s promise to him. Men and women of faith must endure hardship just like anyone else. But God wants to use adversity to deeper and strengthen our relationship with Him.

Abram had to learn that trusting God means looking  beyond what we can see to what God sees. GOD does not need our half-truths and lies in order to protect and bless us. We have no record that Abrams “Called on the name of the Lord” while in Egypt where he got into trouble. How much better off we would be if we would learn that prayer is life’s greatest time saver!

Abrams counted a good relationship with his nephew as more important then his own material prosperity. Apparently he didn’t worry much about his possessions, because he had seem that no one can ever out give God!

You matter to me

That at all times that we are to love one another that there be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the member rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.