The Forgiveness Project

 

 

 

 

 

I pressed pause on my forgiveness project, simply because I can only work on one issue at a time…….when I asked God to reveal people whom I’ve wronged, and provide the opportunity for me to ask their forgiveness, I should have known that he would take me at my word, and give me ample situations to practice……….yikes.

My closet is officially cleaned, and I am working on getting up the nerve to call someone whom I’ve been avoiding (pride is a stumbling block for me.) I keep thinking that if I just wait long enough, God will forget that I gave him permission to make me uncomfortable…

I read a quote today spoken by Nelson Mandela, “Choosing not to forgive, is like drinking poison and waiting for it kill your enemy.”  I am learning that un-forgiveness is caustic and hindering me in my relationship with Christ.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21Then 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?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]

    “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.  Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

    “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

   “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

    “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

    “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.  When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

   32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

    “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

I want to be like the first man, quick to grant mercy and generous with grace.  God help me to grant forgiveness where it is needed, also give me a heart that aches when I need to ask to be forgiven.   God, allow me to love like you love, and forgive like you forgive.

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