Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Forgiveness - God's way


Ps 86 v 5:  For you, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You.


2 Chron 7 v 14:  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and see My face, and turn from their wicked ways, the I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.


Eph 4 v 32:  And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.


Col 3 v 13:  Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.


Matt 6 v 14-15:  For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

These are just some scriptures about forgiveness.
This is what forgiveness means to me:
I need to forgive someone for hurting me because God says so.
I have to put my feelings aside and forgive as an act of my will.
Why?
So that I will be free of the results of harbouring unforgiveness (sickness in my body, destructive feelings, etc),and
so that God can forgive me my sins.

I am forgiven
We always hear the saying to 'forgive and forget'.  I have not found that in the bible yet.  Although, God does that.  He forgives us and remembers it no more, and yes, we are to strive to be like Him.  I have found for me that some things are almost impossible to 'forget' ,depending on the size of the hurt and how often I have to relate with the person I have forgiven, BUT, 
if in forgiving them I do this:
  • Promise to never bring it up with them again, and
  • Promise to never bring it up with others again, and
  • promise to never bring it up with myself again, then
slowly but surely it will become a fading memory.

Forgiving someone sets you free!

My encouragement to you is to forgive those who hurt you, not only for your relationship with them, but most importantly, for your relationship with God.

God bless
Tracy

15 comments:

  1. Awesome post on forgivness!
    This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed my visit.

    God bless,
    Ken

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  2. I agree whole heartedly with you.
    Blessings,

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  3. Absolutely Tracey! I am convinced that forgiveness is one of the most powerful weapons we have against our enemy because it releases the very full-force power of Gods love and grace to redeem. Such an awesome post! Much love to you today. Janine

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  5. Love the reminder that forgiveness free us. And, ultimately, grows our relationship with Christ.

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  6. How many times have I knelt in forgiveness. And each time I rise -- forgiven!

    Praising Him for grace,
    Pamela

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  7. Forgiveness is the key to any relationship! It was the key for us having a relationship with God and it is the key in any relationship that we plan to have here on earth.
    Forgiveness can be hard for me to do, even in the small things. I grew up (and still deal with) my parents holding grudges, and hardly ever forgiving anyone. My mom constantly brought up (and still does bring up) past offenses and uses them against all of us.

    It is so hard not to get angry, and to just forgive.
    But it is something that I am learning, and I am praying about and striving for each day.
    Great post!

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  8. Very timely post for me! Sometimes the Lord's forgiveness is so overwhelming to me, it's hard to fully grasp it, but I'm so thankful for it. There are times where I feel my sin is beyond His forgiveness. It's such a comfort to know that His mercies are new every single morning.

    Wonderful words!

    God bless,
    Becky

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  9. Extremely well said! I heard Chip Ingram say once that he keeps praying for those he needs to forgive until he hears that something good happened in their life and is actually happy for them. Isn't that great!

    I love your three steps to forgiveness. Wonderful!
    Blessings!
    Deb

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  10. Forgiveness is key in any relationship, and I am finding it easier to forgive, but sometimes it is hard to forget, when the same situation comes up I can't help but think, are they going to repeat the same behavior again, the question comes up, can I learn to trust that person again? Awesome post today Tracy. Blessings to you.

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  11. Great post, Tracy. Love the picture and the caption. Forgiveness sets us free.

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  12. Thank you for all your comments. They are very precious to me. I'm glad that you guys can all relate. I don't feel so lonely now.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  13. As far as the east is from the west -- that is how far He has removed our transgressions from us! Yay for that!

    Love the verses you chose about forgiveness and your reasons why forgiveness is key...

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  14. Wonderful and truth-filled post, Tracy! Freedom is found in forgiveness!

    I'm rejoicing in God's forgiveness and the freedom to forgive others.

    Blessings to you!
    Lisa

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  15. Another amen! Forgiveness-when I refuse to extend it, I can feel the anger and bitterness literally growing inside of me. Yuck! Still working fully forgiving some hurts, but getting there.

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