Forgiveness

October 4, 2013


Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE

Be kind to  each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32, NLT

QUOTE

Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.

~C.S. Lewis

COMMENTARY

I think Ephesians 4:32 was probably my mother’s favorite verse or perhaps the one she most often quoted in her effort to raise seven children who did not always show kindness to each other. If we are to maintain relationships, we must learn to forgive. I need forgiveness. I am prone to say and do things that I regret and sometimes these foolish things not only embarrass me, they also hurt other people. I think asking someone to forgive your trespasses may be easier than forgiving them of their trespasses against you.

I love the story of Joseph and his sorry brothers. Joseph is a great example when it comes to forgiving those who have trespassed against us. There is no question that Joseph’s brother did him wrong. They conspired against him with the unfair odds of ten to one. They sold him into slavery and they separated him from his beloved father. All this happened with Joseph was 17; when he reached the young age of 30, he was in a position to make his evil brothers pay for their deeds but instead of Joseph getting even, he forgave his brothers. How was Joseph able to forgive. The bible gives us three answers: [1] The presence of God was in Joseph’s life [Gen. 39:2,3,21,23] [2] God gave Joseph extraordinary wisdom enabling Joseph to see the big picture. Joseph saw beyond the present into the distant future: he saw the long term consequences that come to those who refuse to forgive. [3] Joseph loved his father and refused to do anything that would disrespect or disappoint him.

EXTRA

Another gorgeous fall day. I mowed one ditch yesterday that had not been cut all summer due to wet ground. I would not mind a good rain to settle the dust, amen! Pray for MY HOPE and have a wonderful day!

a cat on friday

 

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