One of the most devastating occurrences in the church, between friends, and between family members is an unforgiving spirit that erupts, and causes irreparable damage. In Ephesians 4:31-32 we read
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Praise God! Did you notice He was "kind, tenderhearted and forgiving" to you? Well, guess what? Neither you nor I DESERVE IT.
Now, if you were going to determine whether or not to be kind or tenderhearted, or to forgive someone based on whether or not they deserved it – you've missed the point. The character of God says, "I don't care what you've done to me; I'll love you, be kind and tender to you, and forgive you…regardless." That's the kind of attitude God expects us to exhibit.
The severity of any offense towards us cannot match what Christ has suffered. NONE OF US, NONE OF US has ever or shall ever endure what Christ endured. Yet there on the cross, He TOTALLY and COMPLETELY forgave our sins.
In Ephesians 1:7 we read, "In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." In I John 2:12 we read, "I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake."
In the book of James, the writer comes to a rather abrupt closing in James 5:20. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James impresses upon us the truth that once someone has sinned against us, and has repented, his sins are to be covered – to be remembered no more.
I Peter 4:8 says, "And above all things have fervent love among yourselves for love shall cover a multitude of sins." In Proverbs 17:9 we read, "He that covereth a transgression seeketh love, but he that repeateh a matter separates friends."
Love not only helps the offender to face his sins and deal with them, but love also assures the offender that those sins, once forgiven, are remembered no more.
Forgiveness is the promise NOT TO RAISE THE ISSUE AGAIN.
Forgiveness is closing the closet door never to open it again.
Forgiveness is marked on the permanent file CASE CLOSED.
Love does not BOAST, it Hides.
Love does not REPEAT, it Covers.
Love does not HOLD AGAINST, it Forgives.
Now since this is true and if it should involve someone else, then why not today and this week put into practice Ephesians 4:32, "And be ye KIND one to another, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath FORGIVEN you."
In His Amazing Grace,
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