When we turn our will and life over to the care of God He forgives us. Then He paves the way for us to make amends, opening the opportunity for us to repair relationships with others.
Day: 26 April 2018
Forgiveness – As far as sunrise is from sunset, He has separated us from our sins. Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget. In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out.
Psalms 103:12 ~ Proverbs 19:11 ~ Matthew 6:14-15 ~ Galatians 6:1
Proverbs 14:14 Those who aren’t faithful will be paid back for what they’ve done.
If you want to be forgiven, you have to forgive.
Step four is the beginning of the process of forgiveness. Identifying the wrong things, you have done and how they have affected others.
In the process of completing step four, I had a very good support person. Whom I would go to periodically with my list and talk about it openly and honestly. That person had my permission to comment on and criticise my list if they felt it warranted.
None of us, in my opinion, should complete the fourth step without a trusted support person in whom to confide and share.
- Do you have a trusted support person to confide and share with?
He went down and immersed himself in the Jordan seven times, following the orders of the Holy Man. His skin was healed; it was like the skin of a little baby. He was as good as new. 2 Kings 5:14
Naaman had a skin disease, probably leprosy. early stages of leprosy only his family, servants and closest friends were aware of. When challenged by the holy man of God to bathe in the uninviting river Jordan stubbornness prevented him from doing so. But persuaded by his advisors he dipped seven times as commanded and although humiliated, nothing short of a miracle occurred. He was cleaned and made healthy.
It is only through full commitment to God and commitment to His ways we achieve complete recovery. Are we free from resentment, bitterness, anger, selfishness? The Holy Spirit will probe and with x-ray, revelation shows us the lingering problems and attitudes that still exist in our character. Daily we need to look at the mirror-glass of God’s word for a check-up so we can face up to ourselves in the light of what He shows us and wants to do in and through our lives.
If our unwilling spirit refuses to humbly yield to God’s unshackling process of recovery, then we will continue to be tormented and it will be reflected in how we live our lives.