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We Can’t Afford Not To forgive
By: M. Noebel
Have you ever heard those words before?
Forgiveness is hard to do, but with God's help, we can forgive. The definition
of forgive is to pardon or excuse. It means that we no longer blame others or
are angry at those who did us wrong.
"For if you forgive men when they
sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not
forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins Matthew
God tells us that forgiveness is not an
option if we want God to forgive us. We are not perfect; we all make mistakes.
We will not all agree on everything all the time. We must understand that and
learn to forgive those who intentionally or unintentionally hurt us. Yes, we
may have a moment of anger, but we must not become slaves to anger. We need to
repent for harboring bad feelings against others so that we can be set free.
The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 16:7 that
the Lord looks at the heart. What does He see when He looks at our hearts? We
want to have clean hearts and hands when we stand before God. Look at what the
psalmist David said:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me"Psalm 51:10
"Who may climb the mountain of the
Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are
24: 3, 4a, The Book).
We want to stand before God and know
that He is pleased with us. We don't want to carry the sin of unforgiveness in
our hearts. When we pray, we want to know that God will answer our prayers. We
certainly don't want this willful act to hinder our prayers.
"And when you stand praying, if you
hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may
forgive you your sins" Mark 11:25
If we continue to have bitterness in our
hearts and lives, we do not show the love of God. The Word of God tells us that
we cannot even say we love God if we have hate toward someone else - 1 John
4:20 so what must we do? Colossians 3:12 tells us to
"clothe yourselves with compassion." Philippians 2:4 says
to "look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of
others." Galatians 6:2 instructs us to "carry each other's
burdens." Ephesians 4:32declares, "Be kind and compassionate to
one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you."
The lines are drawn. The Word is clear.
We must forgive! No matter the offense, no matter how much pain we feel, we
must forgive. We can't take revenge or even gloat when our enemy falls (Romans
12:19-21; Proverbs 24:17
Let's ask God to fill us with His love
for those who have offended us. Let’s learn to walk in love and peace. We will
be glad we did.
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…