Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." CSLewis

You know those times when someone hurts you so bad you want to stay mad at them forever.  Somehow, we think that by us staying angry and not forgiving someone, that we are harming them.  In reality, we are only hurting ourselves.  Unforgiveness causes bitterness and leads to so much misery in us---not the other person that initially wronged us!  God calls us to forgive.  In fact, in the Lord’s prayer we are instructed to pray for God to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Forgiveness is a very important part of being a Christian.  Not only are we given forgiveness for our sins by God’s grace alone, but we are also supposed to forgive others!  We can’t expect for God to forgive us of our sins, but refuse to forgive others when they sin against us.  In Matthew 18:23-35 we read about an unforgiving servant.  This servant owed a big debt to the king.  The king called him into his chambers and forgave him of the large debt.  Not long after that servant called a man in who owed him a much smaller sum of money.  He demanded that the man pay him in full, not forgiving any of the debt!  The king heard of this and called him back in torturing the servant until he could pay.  This is a perfect story of how we treat others so often.  God has forgiven us a HUGE debt of sin, but yet we are unwilling to forgive others when they say something to offend us, or neglect to do something we think they should!

It’s not easy forgiving others, but I think next time we come into a situation where we know we need to forgive another person that we should focus on all from which God forgave us.  Maybe, just maybe that will allow us to focus on the reality that we “ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  No one is perfect and we ALL must have the grace of God to be forgiven….so why not spread that love and grace around to others when given the opportunity?  J

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