Posted by on March 22, 2011

It kind of hit me like a 2×4 this morning. I’ve been giving it fair consideration lately, but I didn’t realize the magnitude of strength there is in forgiveness until it clobbered me over the head and I began to recognize the danger and evil in not forgiving.

Each of us in our far from perfect ways do things we regret. We say things and act out in ways that are shameful and yet we have come to let them slide, not considering the damage we may be responsible for.

On the flip side, if we hang on to wrongs that have directly or indirectly been done to us, we suffer and fail to heal until we learn to forgive.  Our role model Jesus Christ whispered it best when He uttered the words from the cross where He bore our sins: “Father…. forgive them. For they no not what they do.”

I use this analogy to explore the necessary humble approach in returning to God’s family of sinners who continue to seek how to better represent Christ. We are largely a product of our environment. And our environment has not been very friendly over the past several hundred years.

In our collective search and wanderings for truth and representation of Jesus Christ, we have failed miserably at mirroring the lovingness and gentleness of Jesus. A congregation cannot pass on or cultivate what they don’t possess. Ignorance has chained our capabilities. Resistance has held us down.

Yet it must be highlighted that God’s people always have a thirst to seek light and truth and strive to become more like the example that was set before us.  As we grow in Christ, we become more like Him and the representation of such love draws many to Him.

Everyone of us has been wronged or insulted. Many who have been harmed hold onto a bitterness that blinds them. They walk amongst us and many resist returning to God’s family of believers. What breaks down these hard painful walls?  Forgiveness!

Just as we are forgiven by our heavenly father when we tell Him how we are sorry for how we have wronged Him and hurt Him; we must be willing to forgive those who either intentionally or unintentionally hurt us. If we hang onto the pain, there is no gain.

It’s not overnight. The realization of the need to forgive might be. But healing takes time and it takes committing ourselves to Christ and continually seeking to be more like Him.  The evil one seeks to hold us captive with grudges and biting words. He would have us view others as hypocrites and Pharisees.

But what peace there is in forgiving. What joy can be passed on by humbling ourselves to be tender, caring and loving in Jesus.  Proverbs 20:22 says; “Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.”  As we grow together, we learn and we adapt to the light that Jesus shines on our pathway. When we see the light and we recognize what has been missing and how we have poorly conveyed God’s love, the illumination opens the doors and welcomes those who have been wandering and waiting for revelation.

Consider loving your enemies. Because your enemies are struggling in the dark just as you are. They are loved by their heavenly father just as you are. God doesn’t accept us only after we become knowledgable. He loves us in our sinful state and tries to help us mature in Him.  We all try to communicate from all of our unique persepctives. We sometimes make it very complicated. But God’s truths are pretty basic.

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  Matthew 5: 44,45  He treats us with equality even when we treat others differently than what we personally expect.

The example that God set up for us is to “…love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34  That’s a tall order. When we think of how important it is to us that we are loved, God is asking us to place that same importance on every soul we encounter.  Wow… do I fail miserably at that!

Winning souls out of a world of homosexuality is a HUGE challenge. The hurt they have experienced is intense. The impossibility that “the church” may see before them, really is not. It’s a matter of coming to grips with treating others exactly the way we want to be treated and valued. Because we are all equally valued by God.

Let’s learn together! Let’s FORGIVE together! Let’s go HOME… to our Heavenly Home… together! 

That is my prayer today! God richly bless each and everyone of you. 

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