I listen to people and learn more and more that many just don’t mean what they say……………..
Forgiveness lesson from flowers (Photo credit: juliejordanscott)
Have you ever listened in to a person say “I’ll put it this way. I will forgive, but I can’t forget it!” or something very similar. Each time I hear this line delivered, this look comes across the deliverers face as if they have said something very poignant. Or you see the person who wants to be Forgiven and when asked if they have repented as well, have this strange look as if to say “What is that?”. Well repenting is merely looking away, never looking back at what it was that he or she needs to be forgiven for.
If our Savior promises to forgive us 77 times 77 times per day, who are we to limit our forgiveness to only such terms as “I won’t forget”. News flash! We are geared to remember things (heaven knows too that there are those of us who have very, very selective memories) but to remember them is not to hold on to them and to willingly sit and relive them over and over or speak if they are forgiven. It is a fact that we woke up yesterday, got ready for work or went to a Matinee. At any rate, erasing the event is not possible, but not dwelling on it because you have forgiven it is what we are supposed to do.
God is very merciful but God is very Powerful too. His words are inspired and there is no way that we can read His words and not know that He holds eternal knowledge of all things. So let us be honest, if we seek forgiven, let’s expect that it is already done by our Lord’s death on the Cross and if we are to Forgive someone else, it’s to be as honest and sure as our Lord’s death for us!
Forgiveness is hard and sometimes we have to pray to give and receive it. And it being so hard accounts for why we should not play with it. Do not use God promises in vain. He means them, but to say I forgive and yet I still lament is not Forgiveness, likewise a person should not say they are Delivered from something that they continue to indulge it. It’s really strange the way some people use the Word of God in so many different ways. I’ll keep quiet until I know that I know that I know, as one Minister said! Peace.