This is a topic many teach but how many times do we really practice forgiveness? I have been listening to a leader for months teach on what it really mean to forgive those that may have hurt us in some type of way. I must say, from my own experience, forgiveness does not happen overnight. It also take the working of the Holy Spirit to help us to forgive because we cannot do this on our own.
*Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. [Colossians 3:13]
*Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
I remember years ago, I was faced with a painful situation after the passing of my mother. There was person or should I say people, that really had it out to do me harm. Understand, attacks of hurt come when we least expect it. Most of the time it come from those we either least expect or those that are very close to us. There are many layers to forgiveness. Some unforgiveness is deeper than others. Sometimes we can get over it and practice forgiveness at the drop of a hat. While other times we struggle.
I believe this is an issue that we have all dealt with one time or another in our lives. Also, I believe now is the best time to allow God to deal with the matters of our hearts while going through the time we are in. This is a time to reflect and allow the Holy Spirit to search our heart to see if there is any wicked way in us. Unforgiveness is wicked! If we allow unforgiveness to remain in our hearts we will miss out on the greatest blessings God have in store for us. We will miss out on great relationships that God want to bring in our lives. We can miss out on great opportunities and we can also miss out on our ongoing relationship with our Heavenly Father.
*And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. [Psalms 139:24]
Sharing, there was a born again woman that was extremely powerful in the faith. She operated in such a dimension of the prophetic that was very uncanny. It was like she was looking right through you when God spoke to her concerning you. The Lord would take her on trips to heaven and show her around. She would come back and tell us
what she saw. She had many angelic visitations. More so, that when she said God said, you can count your chickens. The devil hated her with a passion! Her prayers was hitting the bullseye left and right and God was working miracles after miracles through this woman of God. But something happened.
She lost her only sister. Her and her sister went everywhere together. They did everything together. They were like the two Bobbsey Twins. When her sister passed, she became bitter with God. So bitter that she was becoming sick herself and eventually she stopped ministering. Her life began to grow dim until the day of her passing early last year all because of the root of bitterness.
*See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled. [Hebrews 12:15]
I believe this is the case for many. Many have stopped doing what God called them to do because things that may have happened in life. You may be wondering, “How could she become angry with God?” Well, truth is, many of us have been angry with God about something and some of us still are. You also may be wondering can we forgive God? Well, again another truth is, God have never done anything to us. It is our own heart deceiving us into thinking God is punishing us for whatever reason. In this case, it is our forgiveness towards ourselves. See, the reflection goes back to how we see God. Do we see Him as one who punishes His children or are we seeing ourselves by
inflicting punishment on others never forgiving ourselves?
This is a deep, yet, worth discussing topic. If any of us are dealing with forgiveness, I believe now is the best time to do it…TODAY.