This month we will talk at length about forgiveness on Conqueror Talk. Every human being has experience with this principle in one way or another. All week this ConquerorShot has lingered in my spirit and I pray that you will be as blessed by the formula revealed in the title of this article. It adds up every time. When you can forgive anyone who wrongs you and forget anything that caused you to linger in an unforgiving stupor, you will experience a freeness in your spirit that is life-giving.
How many times have you held a grudge against someone because they did not do what you wanted them to? Perhaps they could have done something for you that you needed but they did not. Maybe they had no idea of your expectations and they were unable to meet your unrealistic mark. More importantly, God is allowing the disappointment you must eventually forgive and forget to demonstrate the gracious, loving kindness His Son Jesus Christ manifested at the Cross. There are so many wonderful gifts available to us. His hand reveals just a few good ones.
During Jesus’ Earthly ministry to the Jews, the Gospel of Luke reveals specific analysis relative to the formula we are using. Luke 17:4 “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” His message helps us to be aware of our human propensity to be trespassed against i.e. disappointed numerously by one or many individuals. What comes to mind for me is family. Whether it is immediate family or distant relatives, family will trespass against you. In fact, no one can hurt us more than our family members. They can gutt us to the core with their words, actions, attitudes, silent scorn and whatever else their flesh can think of. But Jesus reminds us that when they are willing to admit they have wronged us, it is our duty as humans to forgive them. When we make the decision to disagree with their appeal and disallow for them to experience our forgiveness through our personal charity, we CHOOSE to stay in spiritual bondage. This bondage includes a loss of spiritual unity with the finished work at the Cross for you and the effectual working of His Hand in our lives.
2 Corinthians 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Your forgiveness of anyone else is required because of the continual forgiveness Christ supply’s you with on a daily basis. When you can’t extend that to someone else/anyone else it is most likely because His Hand is not working in your life. God can and will fix it EVERYTIME!
Next week we will get into the second part of the formula “forget” here on ConquerorShots.
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- Forgive and forget (queenwanderlust.wordpress.com)
- God’s forgiveness vs The world’s forgetting (fishn4souls.wordpress.com)
- Forgive and Forget? (pastorgillispie.wordpress.com)
- Seventy times Seven (cbcirwin.wordpress.com)
- Is There a Limit to Forgiveness? (jeremycurryblog.wordpress.com)
- A short and concise thought on forgiveness. The one act that most people don’t want to hear about. (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)
- Finding Freedom (nicolemcphate.wordpress.com)
- Don’t be the fool, forgive. (treadingpaperblog.wordpress.com)