"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
We forgive because God forgave us first
When He formed us in our mother's womb, He knew us. He knew when we would disobey, choose death not life and when we would stumble and fall.
And He still chose us. To forgive us. To make a way back to him.
We forgive because Jesus modeled it for us in the greatest act of love.
"Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'" -Luke 23:34
If we are to be more like Christ, we must practice forgiveness, not simply pay lip service to it.
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We forgive because we are sowing seeds
When we forgive, we are investing in the kingdom and in our own hearts. Forgiveness is for our benefit as much as the one we forgive. When we command our heart to release holds on bitterroots we are bringing our soul (mind, will and emotions) into alignment with Holy Spirit.
We are obeying commands put forth by Jesus and we are cleaning out the junk in our hearts that keeps us from intimacy with the Father.
By sowing seeds of forgiveness, we prepare to harvest souls for the kingdom, rich soil in our families and become more like Christ.
We forgive because we all need forgiveness at some point
The great news is that we do not need to come to God begging for forgiveness. He has already forgiven us for all sin, past and future. We need only receive forgiveness.
Guilt, shame and condemnation do not come from God, but from the accuser, the father of lies, God's enemy.
When we need forgiveness, Holy Spirit helps us to receive it.
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Author: Valerie Bixler
Valerie's life mission is to know God and make him known. She and her husband minister in Colorado Springs.
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