Are You in the Forgiving Mood?
How many people in the world, and the church is no exception, are walking in overwhelming shame and guilt because they cannot forgive themselves, or they are crippled with anger and frustration because they cannot forgive those who offended and hurt them? Are you part of the statistics? Unfortunately I am. I get so angry with myself when I’ve missed the opportunities smack dab in front of my face. It also takes me a very long time to forgive certain persons when they’ve hurt me deep down. It’s a human reaction. God gave us feelings so why can’t we be mad? It’s not the feeling He intended us to hold onto.
I believe there are many who feel the same way and possibly most of the world’s problems and struggles would disappear if the life-transforming truths of redemption and forgiveness were understood by believers and lived before the world.
Psalm 86:5 tells us, for thou, Lord Art good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee. How awesome is that? We just have to ask for forgiveness and He forgives.
We experience a new and tantalizing miracle of grace—the redemption to extended God’s grace to others. Forgiveness is a grace-gift from God, and there is no genuine forgiveness apart from him.
You can’t earn forgiveness.
You can’t buy forgiveness.
You can’t achieve forgiveness.
You can’t accomplish forgiveness.
You have to go through Jesus Christ to forgive you and He will work through you to forgive others. God chooses to grace us with forgiveness not because we are so worthy and wonderful, but because Jesus made us worthy and wonderful by the shedding of His blood. The hard part of this given forgiveness is that we have to accept it; stop beating ourselves up and others as well. John wrote, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9) Forgiveness is never about what we have done but rather, what Jesus has done for us!
So what do you think? Are you too hard on yourself? Do you tend to hold onto your anger? Can you forgive others? I’d love to hear from you. We are chatting about this on Living by Grace.