Forgiveness in on the list that I am suppose to be intentional about, but was not the next on the list. I was recently offended by some people and I had to deal with my heart in preparation for Resurrection Sunday. In the natural I wanted to call fire from heaven or send them the 10 plagues of Egypt. When I approached The Lord in prayer, I just asked why? The answer was immediate: ” Remember my Son? He was perfect, He did everything I told Him to do. He never sin, some hated Him and ultimately put Him to death.” That stopped me in my track, my prayer changed and I asked Him to cleanse my heart off bitterness and for more grace to be able to forgive those who offended me.
The truth is Jesus died on the cross for my sins, your sins and every other person in the world. This selfless act of pure love was to reconcile us to Father God. While on the cross, he prayed for the soldiers who beat and tortured Him, for the religious people who condemned Him to death by crucifixion. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. (Luke 23:34) Jesus practiced what He preached in Matthew 6:12 & 14, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”
We must follow His example. I never said it was easy, but we serve a God who abounds in grace. The more you ask the more grace He gives you. Keep in mind that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against demonic entities. Just like we have pastors, teachers and others who are mouthpiece for God, there are also those whom the enemy of our souls use powerfully to distract us away from communion with God. In John 10:10 Jesus told us about his agenda which is good for us and Satan’s which is to kill, steal and destroy us. We are in a season unlike any other; some great things are coming to the church. Don’t let the accuser of the brethren cause you to miss your breakthrough.
Forgiveness is for you. So give up your right to be right and take the wrong. Jesus tells us in Luke 6:28 “Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” It’s the only antidote to the serpent’s venom. That diabolical snake, Satan whom The Lord will one day crush under our feet. The more I pray for my offenders the better I feel inside. By letting go of this excess baggage, I am able to ascend into His presence and commune with God. So you see, you forgive first then you can ask God to forgive you. I also learned from a Jewish Rabbi that not forgiving a person is like denying him bread and causing his death by starvation. My prayer for all those who will read this post is that God will heap grace upon grace unto you so that you will be able to walk in forgiveness and not take Satan’s bait. May the perfect peace of God guard your hearts and mind in Jesus’ name.
HAVE A GLORIOUS RESURRECTION DAY!