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Give it up!

Every week we’ll dive into our archives and share something from the past. It could be a gallery of old photos or videos or some truly inspirational words of wisdom from some of our leaders.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.” Matthew 6:14 (NLT)

Saying ‘sorry’ or ‘I was wrong’ can be hard for some people, yet it can have wonderful benefits when done in the right manner. A study conducted by the University of Michigan even showed that apologizing can have health benefits such as lowering stress levels.

Someone once asked me several questions on ‘forgiveness’. How do you forgive a person that has hurt you? When they offended you, and insulted you to the highest degree? You seem to have every right to take offense at what had been said to you. The words that have been spoken have cut you to the core! How can you forgive them? As a believer, the Bible makes it clear in Matthew 6:14 that if we don’t forgive them, God won’t forgive us. It’s a sobering thought that God won’t forgive us, even though we may not see ourselves as the guilty party. Jesus deals with this issue in Matthew 18:

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” 

“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.”

“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.”

“His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘ Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.”

“When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” Matthew 18: 21-35 (NLT)

What Does This Mean To Me?

  1. Don’t wait long to ask for forgiveness. Someone once said, “It’s better to eat humble pie when it’s warm rather than when it’s cold.” This is so true. Do not let it linger in your heart.
  1. Don’t shout it from the rooftops when someone has offended you. Learn to cover each other in love. God does it with us!

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! Psalm 32: 1-2 

  1. Move on. When someone has hurt you it can be hard to move on in your mind, especially when you have to see that person daily. You can be all smiles on the outside, but on the inside you’re reliving the hurtful moment involving that person. Make a choice today to give it up and move on. Remember that offence is a choice. You may find it hard to move on in your own strength but when you give it to God all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26)

-SK

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