Week 10 Day 65: I Just Can't!
Updated: Mar 16
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let
yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Ponder: One of the most difficult things that Jesus asks us to do is to forgive others. There is also a very difficult concept (for some) to grasp in the following verses; Matthew 6:14-15:
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Listen to the following in your heart:
And still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is not an emotion–I knew that too. Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. “Jesus, help me!” I prayed silently. “I can lift my hand. I can do that much. You supply the feeling.” And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. “I forgive you, brother!” I cried. “With all my heart!” For a long moment we grasped each other’s hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I had never known God’s love so intensely as I did then.
Action: This was an account of Corrie Ten Boom, who was a holocaust survivor. The person, who came to her for forgiveness was a former Nazi, who had become a Christian. He was a guard at the camp, where Corrie was imprisoned. The worst of man's inhumanity to man happened there, including having to walk naked past this man every day....the pain and torture was unimaginable.
Jesus died in your place, and took your sins on the cross. The justice of God for your sins has now taken place. Yes, there is a daily cleansing, of coming to Christ, and He cleanses you from all sin (1 John 1:9).
Is there anyone, who you need to forgive? Is there an organisation that is made up of many parts, where forgiveness means forgiving a multitude of issues? Talk to God about all of these, remembering that you do not have to "have it all together" to forgive....It is also not belittling the sin committed....It is again, Christ in you!!
You may need to reach out for help to do this. A support group, a 1-2-1 relationship, even Christian counselling, that is thoroughly biblical.
Prayer: Lord, help me in this journey of forgiveness. Please show me where I am holding a grudge or bitterness against anyone. I thank you for all you have done for me. You have forgiven me, even the worst of of my thoughts and actions. Help me learn to have an attitude of compassion and love towards others, even the really difficult painful relationships. Only in You, Lord Jesus, help me obey You in this. Please let me keep very short accounts with You, flowing out of Your love, Your forgiveness and Your compassion in the face of all my sin. Amen
Challenge: Being willing to even embrace forgiveness is a challenge. Remember forgiveness is a journey of coming against a real sin done against you. A person/organisation has really sinned against you; just as our real sin put Jesus on the cross and opened the door to forgiveness. Sometimes our own sin obscures the hurt and sin someone else has committed against us. Both journeys of confession and receiving forgiveness, as well as forgiving another, are necessary and vital for obedience and freedom in our Lord Jesus.