Forgiveness, Pass it ON
Have you even stopped to think about a time when you have offended someone?
Or better yet a time when someone has offended you? How did you feel? Were you
angry? replica watches Did you say to yourself or to someone else, "I could never forgive that
person for what they did to me?" Did you feel justified in your thoughts or
Human nature automatically causes us to hang onto negative feelings
whenever someone offends us. cartier replica uk We think about the situation, talk about the situation
and stew over the situation until it becomes a larger problem than it started
out. Then over time our need to forgive that person becomes less and less important.
But when that day comes when we finally decide to forgive that person, how sincere
The dictionary definition for forgive is, to cease to feel resentment
against. hublot replica sale The bible's definition is, to pardon or acquit of sins. This means
once you have said or have accepted forgiveness from another person you are
to cease resentment and pardon their actions. Not hold on to it to bring up
again at a later time.
The Bible instructs us not to hold on to grudges and
to forgive so that we can worship God with the right frame of mind. In Matthew
5:23 the bible says, "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar
and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift
there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then
come and offer your gift." The Lord's Prayer also asks God the Father to, "forgive
us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."
In John 3:16 it states, "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." Our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did this for us with his blood by washing away
and forgiving us of our sins. rolex replica sale When we humble ourselves and go to the Father
in prayer and ask for forgiveness he gives us a pardon. He does this with unconditional
love. And the best part of it all is when he forgives us he never looks back.
Once we have been forgiven the sin is erased forever.
As Christians we should
use the examples God gives us and forgive others with unconditional forgiveness.
That means if you were friends before the incident and you called each other
everyday, once you have forgiven that person, things should go back to the way
they were without conditions and without ever bringing up the situation. You
should give that person a pardon.
Forgiveness is all about love which is the
greatest commandment of all. Once we put our own pride aside and focus on what
truly matters, we can then learn to love others as God the Father and Jesus
Christ loves us. rolex replica uk Colossians 3:12-15says, "Therefore, as God's chosen people,
holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances
you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over
all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Knowing where to go for help with unconditional forgiveness is important. Going
to Jesus Christ in prayer will help us to truly forgive those who offend us.
He will give us the strength and wisdom to say "I forgive you." rolex replica You can find
his promise in Philippians 4:13 where it says, "I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me.
" So let's not hold on to grudges and forgive our
brothers and sisters unconditionally so we can stand humbly before God as his
chosen children. Forgiveness, Pass it on.
Felicia Eaton, June 2010
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