Titus 2:11-15 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honouring life. This new life is starting right now and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Tell them all this. Build up their courage, and discipline them if they get out of line. You’re in charge. Don’t let anyone put you down.
You can’t get forgiveness from God, without also forgiving others. Total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in Jesus name. God put the world square with himself through the Jesus, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.
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.
Prayer: Lord help me today to forgive those who have harmed me and to share Your Love and Grace with them.
God forgives. Do You?
Matthew 18:21 Peter came to Jesus. He asked, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
STOP! Think about the process of recovery. About all the things God has forgiven you for. About all the things you haven’t dealt with yet because you are not yet strong enough. All the things you know that He will forgive because of His unconditional love for you.
“How many times should I forgive my brother?” As many as it takes to repair the relationship.
Matthew 18:15-16 “If your brother sins against you, go to him. Tell him what he did wrong. Keep it between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won him back. “But what if he won’t listen to you? Then take one or two others with you. Scripture says, ‘Every matter must be proved by the words of two or three witnesses.”
- What relationships are you going to need help to repair?
Prayer: Lord, help me identify relationships I need help to repair
Time to forgive
Matthew 5:44 Here is what I tell you. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.
Forgiving others isn’t always easy. Often the pain is still real and raw. But forgiving is necessary to moving on in the process of recovery. The degree we are willing to forgive those who have hurt us is an indication of how much we have grown spiritually.
I grew up with an aggressive and abusive step-father. My resentment towards him was far greater than any other resentment I carried in my heart. When I entered recovery He was the hardest person for me to forgive. So much so that a couple of times my resentment for him threatened to bring me unstuck.
Through prayer, meditation, residing in the presence of God and understanding of my step-fathers faults I forgave – but it was hard.
- Are you carrying resentment that will lead to relapse?
Prayer: Lord help me to forgive.
You’re famous for helping; God, give us a break. Your reputation is on the line. Pull us out of this mess, forgive us our sins— do what you’re famous for doing! Psalm 79:9
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Psalm 32:3,5,7
Experience: When I got serious about recovery and correcting the mistakes of my past I was surprised at how forgiving and accommodating people were. Most of them had been waiting and hoping I would STOP! and get well. Whilst this surprised me I was still not confident that God would forgive me. I knew what was in my heart and didn’t believe I deserved another chance at setting my life straight (I had a lot of them)
Strength: Not only did God forgive me but He empowered me to live a life over and above anything I could have ever imagined. He became my hiding place and He protected me from trouble, long enough for me to get strong enough to face up to my past and do what I needed to do to move forward. I will never forget the relief I felt when I confessed my sin to God and committed my life to living for Him,
Hope: I want to see Jesus lifted high in the hearts and minds of everyone in my circle of influence in order that this world we live in will become a safer and better place to live and no one misses out on the opportunity to change their lives and live in relationship with God’s Holy Spirit.