Grace in forgiving
Forgiveness is one of the hardest thing to do for most people. Especially when someone has deeply hurt you. God releases grace for us to do that. A normal person will not be able to forgive someone for a horrible crime or offence they may have experienced in the hands of their propitiators. In the book of Luke we see the disciples shock, form Jesus statements. The scripture passage deals with forgiveness it says
Luke 17: 3-4
So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister, sins against you, rebuke them, and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent’, you must forgive them.
I want you to think of a scenario, what is the thing for you that would make it difficult to forgive a family member for. It could be your brother lying at you. Or the comments they make about your friends or girlfriend. Whatever it is as small or as big as it is, you are commended to forgive them and show them love. Doing that time and time and again you would get tired. This is why God grace on us will empower us to five the unimaginable wrong done to use.
Jesus and God’s thought life is way too out of our wheel house to understand. For example can you imagine what God is thinking right now at this instance? That would be a no for me. Isaiah 55 speaks on this. Remember Isaiah is a man who spent most of his time in the presence of God and in service of him for many years, and we see this verse in the scriptures.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor or your ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My thoughts than your thoughts.”
In Psalms 139, it also emphasis this. It says…
17-18. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand, when I wake I am still with You.
The word describes the sum of the thoughts of God be as many as the grain in sand. For us to comprehend that would need a miracle. God way of doing things are far apart from our way of doing things. You will experience this soon in your life if you have not yet. For some of us who have you would ask God to do something for you and you think you will get that thing through A, B, C but God brings it through E, F, and G.
There is grace to forgive, it must have been hard for the Father to forgive all the sins of man that He would turn away from the sight of Jesus at the cross when he bared the weight of sin and darkness. God’s word teaches us to forgive. When we do forgive you will feel better and a weight of your back. Forgiveness most times is not for the person asking for it, but the person giving it. You forgive for your own health. People were not designed to carry that much garbage in themselves at some point the garbage will spill over and start poisoning you, and making you sick or anxious or stressed and so many other physical illnesses that come about from un-forgiveness.
- How to forgive when you can’t
When it is hard to forgive, ask God for strength to forgive. God is glad and full of joy when we come before His presence to ask for Help. HE is waiting on me and you to ask for his help. Forgiveness has a lot to do with the heart. When you forgive someone the anger and the pain they may have caused does not go away immediately, it would require you forgiving over and over again. As you forgive God will be knitting and healing your heart again.