Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 24, 2012

What is forgiveness?  I come across many people, including myself, that forget what true forgiveness really is in God's world.  Today we are told to forgive and we try, but often we fail.  I think it's easier for me to forgive someone that has wronged me than to forgive myself.  We know that the choices we make will have consequences, that's a fact.  But do we realize that once you ask the Lord for forgiveness, your sin is abolished in His sight?  Then why do we hold onto the sins of our past?  I think it's because we truly don't believe that God can love us that much so we hold onto our mistakes and make more.

The problem with holding onto our mistakes is we negate the Lord's grace.  The Lord knew that we were failing under the law.  Our forefathers tried to adhere to the ten commandments but like all humans, they failed.  God, our Father, sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins and to make us mindful of His grace.  If we truly believe in Him then we must accept His forgiveness.  Quit looking back and look ahead at the mercy He bestowed on us.  He is the best Father ever!  His intention is not for us to suffer but to live a life full of grace and mercy.

This doesn't mean that we sin at every corner.  However, we will sin and therefore, we need Him to forgive us, so that we can do a great work for Him.  Sin keeps us from God.  We feel lost, alone and insecure when we have committed a sin.  The only way out is to confess our sins to the Lord so that He may abolish them.  The next step is all ours, we must let go of our sins and move forward not just for ourselves but for the kingdom of God.  We honor Him when we confess and move forward.

Paul only looked back to reflect on His past.  He didn't use it as a means to wallow in self-pity.  He took up the cross and was grateful that God chose to save a man like Him.  We need to take up the same cross and not look back.  The consequences we can do nothing about but we can honor Him and let the past be the past.  Don't repeat the same mistakes but move forward and remember that Jesus Christ died on a cross so that you could know Him and be with Him some day.  And for me, I am completely and utterly grateful!

My sisters, if you have fallen into sin that continues to come on your mind, ask God for His peace and forgiveness.  He will provide it because unlike us, He forgives and doesn't look back.  He was our sacrificial lamb and He knows the ways of this world.  Don't let Satan tell you that your aren't worthy of His forgiveness, Christ said differently on the cross.  He died for you and me, sins and all.  So let's look forward and see what God has in store for us today.

Ephesians 1:7-10 NKJV:

    In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him.

I don't know about you but I need redemption and it came in the form of our Lord's blood.  Thank you to the king of kings and the Lord of Lord's!

My prayer today:

Lord please help us forgive ourselves.  You died on that cross so that we could have eternal life but at every corner, we are told that we aren't forgiven and that you're not near.  We know these are lies and yet, it is easier to forgive someone else, over our own sins.  Help us to accept the grace and mercy You have shown on our lives and give us the ability to see Your wisdom and prudence.  Make Your will known to us today and forgive us of our sins.  We are Your servants delighting in You.  Thank You for loving us so much and forgiving us, even though we don't deserve it.  Lift up the women around the world and help them see the power in forgiveness.  May Your kingdom come let Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!  We want to see Your glory bestowed on this earth. Protect us and keep us as we walk with You daily.  In Jesus name AMEN

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