Monday, October 18, 2010

The Power of Forgiveness

No one can truly and accurately place a value on forgiveness.  Its value cannot be truly accounted for or measured.  Think about it, without God's forgiveness in your life where would you be right now?  Or more importantly, who would you be?  Forgiveness was our pathway to freedom and every good and perfect thing from God that we enjoy right now.  Christ was the atonement and the passover lamb so that we could be forgiven and enjoy a beautiful life.

Jesus said we should forgive others their trespasses just as our Father in Heaven has forgiven ours.  Sometimes we focus too much on the fact that we need to forgive somebody instead of remembering that we were forgiven first by God.  When we remember that He extended forgiveness to us first, we are reminded of just how human and flawed we are.  Imagine this, a perfect God, completely sinless and all-knowing forgave you.  He has never trespassed against you or harbored jealousy, anger, envy, or hatred in His heart against you.  He has never done anything wrong toward you.  His thoughts for you are for your good, not for your destruction.  Now see yourself, all of your flaws, mess ups, sinful behaviors and lack of righteousness.  Visually see God extend forgiveness to You, something you did not deserve and probably didn't think you needed, all because He wanted to bless you and give you a wonderful life! Wow, what an image!  It really brings into perspective the power of forgiveness.  Forgiveness releases inherent blessings into our life that multiply and cause us to live the kind of life we were created to have.

The reverse is also true.  Un-forgiveness leads to bitterness.  Bitterness is toxic and produces all kinds of negative bi-products in our life.  It will stop the flow of God's blessings into our lives.  This is why the Lord is so adamant about us forgiving others, so that we can continue to enjoy His blessings.  Forgiveness is for our benefit.  It also important to note the quickness with which un-forgiveness leads to bitterness. Hebrews 12:15 says,"See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble."  Roots of bitterness have a supernatural rate at which they "spring" forth in our lives.  Unhealthy root growth can be compared to the analogy that bad news spreads faster than good news.  If bitterness is to be stopped it must be stopped quickly before it has time to produce rotten fruit in our lives.  What is this rotten fruit?  The fruit of bitterness yields strife, contentions, a toxic thought life which can even lead to health related problems, and misery.  In the end, you lose because you are being held captive, chained to unforgiveness and bitterness is your only companion.  The truth is you have been snared by satan and robbed of peace, health and joy all because you refuse to forgive someone else.  It's not worth it!

You can turn it all around today by remembering how much you have been forgiven and then extending that forgiveness to others.  When you do, the blessings of God will overtake you.

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