I’m back again as promised with another post and this week as there have been tensions around the world between black communities and the police I thought the topic of forgiveness was what we needed. Too often we are guilty of stunting our own progression in Christ and in the world with our stubbornness when it comes to forgiveness. How many of you have taken years to forgive yourself or others ? And then as soon as you do it you are kicking yourself for not doing the deed sooner. When it comes to others, forgiving them can be so hard mainly because we put so much faith in them and not God that when their human nature shows up in the form of hurt we try and feel some time of way. If you don’t practice the amazing gift of forgiveness you have no right to feel some type of way.
This comes to mind with myself, especially being fairly early on in my faith. As you are developing and studying Christianity you start to want to change certain habits and traditions you take part in that are of the world. This can be anything from changing what you consume from social media to personal issues, once you strive to change them they become even harder to filter out/resist. This can make you start to become unhappy because you feel as though you do not see any progression whilst internally battling so hard, this is when I turn to my bible and look for reassurance that I’m capable of forgiving myself and I’m on the right tracks. Ephesians 1:7-9 says: “7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. 8which he made abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself.”. These verses come from letters the apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians who were faithful to Jesus, do you see where I am goin with this? Just because you are a Christian and want to be faithful to God does not mean you will not sin. God only wants progression not perfection, Jesus was perfect and thus he was the only priceless gift that could pay for our sins meaning we cannot compare to perfection by his standards. To summarise my point about forgiving ourselves, God believed in us that much that he sent his only son to suffer, so how dare we not forgive ourselves if God can. This leads into my next subheading…
-also see John 1:9
Now we all know when someone has done something to us that is wrong our bruised pride stops our forgiveness from pouring onto them. Let me reassure you that the energy you take up not forgiving someone and feeling bitter towards them could be put to better use. God forgave the Isrealites countless times eventhough they were hard of hearing and ungrateful. The accounts in Exodus made me understand how Gods grace works and so taught me how my forgiveness should easily be given, without having the condition of personal gain. God forgave them countless times regardless of the doubts they had in him eventhough he provided what they NEEDED all the time. Sometimes God brings hurt in order for us to learn and evolve into who he created us to be, God will never bring a storm that lasts forever, it is either a lesson or a blessing. A couple of bible references come to mind when forgiving others: the first is in Matthew 6:12 (the model prayer, our father): 12 and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”. This verse highlights the fact that if we refuse to forgive those who do us wrong how do we expect God to forgive us. The second verse is in Matthew 18:22 (the parable of the forgivng servant): 21 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”. So dont be silly and on the 490th time of forgiving someone say “well that’s it!”, this parable is used to say be limitless with your forgiveness like our God.
– please read the parable to get the full juice from my point. (Mathew 21)
It’s simple, in taking on the character traits of God we become more and more like the person he designed us to be. Though if we do not try to take on these traits our growth will either be minimal or cease all together. I know, I know you’re think but “Tisha this person did this and that”, I’m sorry but you have to really submit yourself and realise the bigger picture and decide on whether you want to please the Lord you claim to follow.
I hope this post has given you a starting point on how to practice eforgiveness Gods way.please stay safe and keep all of the protests peaceful.
Peace and love TishaJayy xx