Ephesians 4:32 (Amplified)
And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tender-hearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.
Forgiveness is typically not an issue for me, as God has provided me with the gift of mercy. However, it’s funny how it can sneak up on you at times. When you think you have put something behind, a reminder pops up. The only thing to do…choose to forgive again.
We saw an amazing movie on forgiveness this weekend. I highly recommend October Baby. I think it represents an incredible example of true forgiveness. If you find it hard to forgive someone….get ready to be blown away by a genuine message of forgiveness. It reflects a powerful demonstration of forgiveness of another person and a touching display of self-forgiveness wraps up the movie upon the closing credits. One of the coolest parts of this movie is that it was filmed in Birmingham. You may recognize the scenery if you live in Birmingham and/or are familiar with the city.
Forgiveness is something close to home for all of us. We are human, and we all need forgiveness. In fact, the only way we can possibly have it in us to forgive is due to the GRACE and MERCY that we have been freely and fully forgiven by Christ.
Think about that person who really gets under your skin.
Think about the person who hurt you regardless if the hurt was intentional or not.
Stop beating yourself up for making a mistake. There’s only ONE who didn’t make mistakes.
It may seem impossible to extend the olive branch to someone else or release the gift of self-forgiveness to yourself.
The reason it may seem overwhelming to forgive–you might be trying to forgive in your power alone. REAL forgiveness is only possible through the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT.
YOU CAN NOT DO THIS BY YOURSELF, but you can make the CHOICE to FORGIVE, and ask Him for help. It’s something we must practice over and over again, not just once.
UNFORGIVENESS doesn’t hurt the offender. It pollutes the heart of the UNFORGIVER.
Check out this beautiful music video by Matthew West….
See the trailer of the recently released DVD, October Baby…..
Thank you for your perfect gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Show us how to forgive consistently. Help us love the unlovable. Forgiving really is one of the hardest things to do. When misery loves company Lord, guide us to take the high road and LET IT GO! We are so grateful Lord for THE BLOOD that washes it all away! Give us the power to forgive…readily and freely!
In Your Precious Name,