Forgiveness: An act of the will, more than an act of the heart…

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Daniel 6 (KJV)

Immediately after teaching His followers to pray, Jesus gave a warning about allowing unforgiveness to reside in the heart.

He said that those who refuse to forgive others won’t be forgiven by the Father.

Do not misunderstand Jesus’ meaning here.

Believers don’t lose their salvation when they refuse to forgive. Rather, they break fellowship with God because their unrepentant attitude gets in the way of regular confession and repentance. The Lord cannot ignore sin, and His Spirit will bring wrong behavior to the believer’s attention until he or she deals with it.

Forgiveness is an act of the will more than an act of the heart.

Often people don’t feel like being merciful to someone who has wronged them. But a resentful spirit grows into a terrible burden. The Lord knows that forgiveness is best, even when it is difficult.

You won’t deal with a sin until you see it as God does.

So assume full responsibility for your unforgiving attitude, and acknowledge that it is a violation of His Word. Claim the divine mercy He offers, and ask Him to enable you to lay aside anger and resentment against the other person(s). As part of the decision to move forward in grace, make a habit of praying for those who hurt you. And if God so leads, seek their forgiveness for your wrong attitude.

A bitter and resentful spirit doesn’t fit who we are in Christ.

Nor is it healthy to carry an angry attitude through life. That’s why Scripture emphasizes the need to forgive.

Choose to be liberated from your burden–Jesus promised to make us free when we release our sins to Him (John 8:36).

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The Stain of Unforgiveness…

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Daniel 6 (KJV)

Immediately after teaching His followers to pray, Jesus gave a warning about allowing unforgiveness to reside in the heart.

He said that those who refuse to forgive others won’t be forgiven by the Father.

Do not misunderstand Jesus’ meaning here.

Believers don’t lose their salvation when they refuse to forgive.

Rather, they break fellowship with God because their unrepentant attitude gets in the way of regular confession and repentance.

The Lord cannot ignore sin, and His Spirit will bring wrong behavior to the believer’s attention until he or she deals with it.

Forgiveness is an act of the will more than an act of the heart.

Often people don’t feel like being merciful to someone who has wronged them. But a resentful spirit grows into a terrible burden. The Lord knows that forgiveness is best, even when it is difficult.

You won’t deal with a sin until you see it as God does.

So assume full responsibility for your unforgiving attitude, and acknowledge that it is a violation of His Word. Claim the divine mercy He offers, and ask Him to enable you to lay aside anger and resentment against the other person(s).

As part of the decision to move forward in grace, make a habit of praying for those who hurt you.

And if God so leads, seek their forgiveness for your wrong attitude.

A bitter and resentful spirit doesn’t fit who we are in Christ.

Nor is it healthy to carry an angry attitude through life. That’s why Scripture emphasizes the need to forgive.

Choose to be liberated from your burden–Jesus promised to make us free when we release our sins to Him (John 8:36).

 

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Cover Up Rather Than “Fess Up”…

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Genesis 3:7-13

7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.s8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.s

9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

After not listening to God, Adam and Eve found themselves in a terrible predicament.

Their first reaction was to cover up rather than “fess up.” Fig leaves can never hide the root problem of sin, but even today, we still try this approach (v. 7).

Instead of acknowledging and confessing sin, we often attempt a quick surface fix of the situation.

Adam and Eve’s second response was to avoid God. They knew they were guilty of disobeying, but instead of coming to Him to reestablish their relationship, they hid from Him in fear (v. 8). We can do the same thing when sin breaks our fellowship with the Lord.

Have you ever found yourself avoiding prayer and time in the Scriptures because you were struggling with sin and felt guilty?

A third reaction was to try and avoid personal responsibility by blaming others (vv. 12-13). Shifting guilt to another person can’t remove it. We are each responsible before God for our actions, regardless of the circumstances or who else is involved.

Despite Adam and Eve’s sin and their evasive ways of handling it, the Lord came to them (v. 9).

Our sin is never large enough to keep Him away; our Father still calls to us and asks, “Where are you?” He knows what we have done and why, but He questions us so that we can come to realize our desperate state.

Never let guilt or shame keep you from God. He continually seeks those who have made a mess of their life and speaks to them through His Word, His Spirit, and His people.

Forgiveness and a restored relationship await all who are willing to listen and respond with confession and repentance.

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