Some Final Thoughts
Some Final Thoughts
Forgiveness is no easy undertaking I know that from experience. As we find ourselves in some of these intense battles with our emotions and our flesh we desperately want to let it go! Forgive, forbear then press the delete button in order to cause it to go away. We must remember that forgiveness is a command from our God. We must make the choice as difficult as it may be, in order to forgive. We must bow to God’s sovereignty, accept each event as a necessity, as a sacrificing gift, and receive His grace as we choose the pathway of forgiveness. To do otherwise would be to sign your own prison sentence and would be a great offense against God, even more so in light of how much He has forgiven us.
I pray that what will really stands out in your mind is the grace that is available to us through our relationship with Jesus Christ, because it is sufficient and completed every way. Luke 6:38 (ESV) 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Unforgiveness can have a powerful effect upon us, strong enough to cause people to avoid us and keep them at a distance for years to come. Unforgiveness is the power within us that is wasted energy with little to show for all that we have invested in it.
It is forgiveness that can truly keep us pleasing to God’s will, at peace in the events and turmoil of this life. Forgiveness can have a long-lasting impact on our future relationships and situations. As we choose the pathway of forgiveness, God may use our obedience to prevent sinful patterns and needless pain from being passed along to our children and to other generations to come. Depending upon the situation in which we grew up we may not want to follow in the same steps that were demonstrated by our parents.
We must never forget that forgiveness is more than a way to find personal freedom, more than a way to erase the pain we feel in our hearts. It is a way to hold out the hope of reconciliation to those who have wronged us. The ultimate goal of forgiveness, just as the ultimate goal of our whole lives should be, is to bring glory and honor to our God. When we demonstrate forgiveness in our lives it showcases the astonishing, redemptive plan of God. It puts God’s glory on display; the riches of His abundant mercy and His amazing grace for everyone to see. The bottom line is: forgiveness is not so much about us as it is about Him. Each and every opportunity that we encounter to practice forgiveness is an opportunity to draw attention to our God who so wants to show mercy and to pardon sinners that He gave His only Son to make it all possible. When those around you see you forgiving, when they hear your stories, when they watch your reaction, they may be seeing Christ in a way they’ve never known Him before.
We must remember when we bring glory to Christ we actually are shining a light on Satan’s ultimate defeat and we bring the greatest victory to our God. 1 Corinthians 15:43 (ESV) 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
God’s Son gave His life on the cross. As His life’s blood was spilled out, He appealed to His Father to give those who sins He bears, mercy.