Why should I forgive? By Karen Rowe June 7, 2015
I am so glad you have stopped by!
Let me begin by saying that my motto is, “I don’t have it all figured out, BUT God does … FOLLOW JESUS!”
With this being said, will you join me as we travel through God’s Word with an open mind to hear what God might want to say to you? If you get nothing from this, thank you for your time and I pray you are blessed as God views our time with Him as precious.
In this world, there are things that people do to people that can’t be understood, but only to know that God allows evil for a while longer on this earth. People do things to people that make no good sense –all we can know is that God is Sovereign. Yet, our knowledge of Sovereign alone can’t describe that God IS LOVE.
In my reading this week, the words “And the LORD restored Job’s losses WHEN he prayed for his friends (Job 42:10).”
Here are a few Scriptures to ponder on!
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Warning against Idleness
2 Thessalonians 3:14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. 15Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
NOW that you have read these Scriptures ...
“Keep away from” and “Be Patient” with are good words to describe God’s forgiveness….
Can you give some examples in your life of how God’s method of forgiveness would apply? What is the most difficult challenge you are facing right now –and has someone done something to you that has had an effect on your situation?
Thank you for joining me. I really appreciate you participating in this study with me.
Perhaps, after you finish reading, you may come back to your thoughts and see how the Spirit is directing your thoughts?
Has God given you a new perspective or
motivation of how you might reach out to someone who has purposely hurt you?
- The first extreme is avoidance (Idle). Some Christians
are more tempted to avoid dealing with such issues at all costs.
- The second extreme is insensitivity (Disruptive). Other Christians, when dealing with such issues, are more tempted to come on too strongly and blow the other person out of the water, so to speak.
Jesus didn’t hang out with “idle, or disruptive” people. There were times that Jesus knew the time was NOT YET and went away to a quiet place alone and to safety. There were times that Jesus faced up to people who were testing him and trying to find a weakness in him to accuse him.
Jesus teaches us!
In the face of his challenge with people, Jesus paused, drew in the sand, no doubt listening to the Father speak Wisdom to him and spoke with authority, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." –Jesus taught us; and is still teaching us, how to demonstrate a life that we proclaim to live with God, by example and by using God’s Holy Word that is near to us!
Jesus encouraged. Jesus corrected, rebuked and stood firm the tests of this world to pay the price for sin that was the ultimate goal of God, which was to save us! Jesus loved –but often, with a love the world did not understand, or want to receive. Jesus always displayed the authority given to him by the Father in an appropriate way that we can follow! Jesus never flashed His “Jesus Card” Yet, there was always something about Jesus that made people talk, come, listen, change; and for some even turn a walk away! These are the things that God will do –our job is to follow Jesus –love and forgive.
What is this love? Love is not weak! Love is the power of God that overcomes the evil of the world! Love is the qualification to receive God’s Wisdom! 1st we must “know and believe the love that God has for us! God is Love! He who abides in love abides in God and God in Him (1 John 4:16).”
Do you believe?
If not, pause right here.
We have the time!
Pray with me to believe on Jesus and receive the love that God has to offer you!
Please, say out loud!
“Father God, I believe I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I believe Jesus is your Son and that Jesus was qualified to purchase my life by His sacrifice for me. I believe that Jesus was buried for three days –like I am asking you to bury my old me today by Believing on your Son. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and I believe that you will do the same for me! Thank you Father, for this gift of love. Jesus come and live in me, so that I may live with God and Him in me. Your son / daughter I pray. And, together I will say amen with you as we give God the praise for your new life!
Now, when you are ready, please continue with me in your reading …
Forgiveness is not weak, but Wise Council. It takes spiritual strength to forgive! Kindness and gentleness are not without authority –“kindness and gentleness” is our method from God –“Patient and Kind” is the power of God’s Love.
What is God’s Method of forgiveness? Prayer! Praying for those who hurt us.
Matthew 6:9-13King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:14…14"For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15"But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart."
So why should I forgive? Why should you forgive?
Let me begin by saying that I am NOT the author of your story! That is between you and God. God is the author of my story, so I share from areas that God teaches me in. We are family in Christ, so I care! We choose the author of our life and I believe, because you are reading, God is the author of yours!
Let’s answer this question, “Why should we forgive?” with God’s Word found in the Scriptures:
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).
John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
You may be wondering what Love has to do with forgiveness?
Let’s answer that question from the Cross: The Death, The Burial and The Resurrection!
John 23:33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. 35And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One."…
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
The Death of Jesus
…46And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT." Having said this, He breathed His last. 47Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, "Certainly this man was innocent." 48And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts.…
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"
It is all about Jesus! We needed a savior and Jesus was the only one who was qualified!
A believer is qualified and equipped in Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit to be the light and the salt of the world –for those who are being drawn near to God to see a demonstration of what the Savior has done!
John 3:16-17King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Matthew 5:13-16King James Version (KJV)
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I could tell you why somethings are a sin to me in my life –because God has convicted my heart to know the Truth in His eyes.
However, it is I who am responsible to change; and it is God who convicts my heart to.
Somethings, I am certain that I still struggle with in my flesh, because, either I have not been convicted YET by God (all things come in due time); or, I just have not resided that God is serious about what I am still weak in my flesh to –whether I know or not.
However, God has shown me that I CANNOT tell you what is right / wrong in your life –It is NOT my place to judge! Yet, there is one thing that I can enlighten: and this is “why” –and, God’s method on “how” that you and I should forgive.
A Call to Persevere
…19These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.…
The Spirit of the Lord woke me up this morning and I am learning God's Way and Method on forgiveness through God’s written Word and by His Living Word! Thank you for joining me on my journey and I hope this has been a blessing to you in yours! Click on this link to connecting Scriptures. Has someone stolen from you in an inappropriate way? What is God's method to deal with this person? Not Idle, but Holy.
Have you truly forgiven? If you have forgiven then you are free ...there is no pull on us available. Or, can we just pretend that we have forgiven???? Have you finished your assignment? Perhaps forgiveness comes to us when accountability according to God's Holy Word is done...
Matthew 5:21-24English Standard Version (ESV)
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother[a] will be liable to judgment; whoever insults[b] his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell[c] of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Romans 12:18English Standard Version (ESV)
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all
Searching the Scriptures and learning from God is a good place of assurance and direction. I just felt nudge from the Holy Spirit to share this with you too.
Then, discernment, who are the wolves ... That is why we pray the Lord's prayer every day to live a life as it is written in Jude 1:20-21.
May God's blessings of peace and joy rest on you.
Love in Christ,