October 7, 2014

Day 4: Forgiveness...

One of the things I used to struggle with was forgiveness. Oh, how I would lay up at night thinking about the ways people had hurt me... I would wallow in my self pity as I'm sure the other parties were fast asleep in their beds. 

I have since learned to let go... let go and let God. 

Ezekiel 33:12-16 (NIV)
12 “Therefore, son of man, say to your people, ‘If someone who is righteous disobeys, that person’s former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that person’s former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous person who sins will not be allowed to live even though they were formerly righteous.’13 If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. 14 And if I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right—15 if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen,follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die. 16 None of the sins that person has committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live.

If our God can forgive us to the point of not even remembering - when we are all sinners not worthy of his love... how much more so should we forgive those who have sinned against us? 

Matthew 6:14 (NIV)
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

I don't know about you... but I want my sins forgiven. 

Is it easier for me to forgive now than it was say three years ago? YES! Would I say it's easy? NO! Easier yes, easy... no. It's a choice, sometimes daily, to forgive someone. 

You know one day we will stand before the King of Kings and we will have to answer for the things we did in our lives. It will not matter what anyone else did or didn't do to or for us... they will have to answer for their lives when it is their time... all that will matter is what you did. 

As often as you can, make the right choice - and try to forgive the best you can. 


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