THEME: POWER OF FORGIVENESS
Luke 23:34-35 NIV
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
-Forgiveness leads to peace and a fresh start with God, a new beginning. Forgiveness is an act of your will. It is an practice that every Christian ought to follow. Jesus showed us the best examples, the last thing He did before He died, He forgave His offenders. We are called to emulate Christ in His sacrificial nature and love, that He gave Himself up for the remission of our sins through His blood (Matthew 26:28). In the same way we should forgive our offenders for they do not know what they are doing. Let us therefore, forgive one another as we partake of the New Covenant and demonstrate love for our brothers and sisters.
Forgive in Hebrew is written salach which means to pardon, and aphesis in Greek which means to release. Forgiveness is the most freeing concept. Forgiveness frees the one taking the initiative to forgive. It benefits self more than the other person. Forgiveness also causes inner healing which precipitates to peace and wellness. We are called to forgive as often as we can knowing that no one is perfect, only God is. Forgiveness is a spiritual concept that endorses the law of sacrifice. It is through the love of God, Agape; that we forgive one another freely. Jesus demonstrated pure love for us when He died for us on the cross, even when we did not deserve it. Since love does not hold any records of wrong, and it does not delight in evil but the truth, we are called to love one another with the Agape love that does not fail (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Forgiveness also causes a blessing to us. We are called to forgive and ask for mercy, before we offer our tithes and offerings (Matthew 5:23-24), and also before we pray (Mark 11:25).
Holy Holy Holy are You Lord God Almighty, Who was, Who is and Who is to come. We magnify Your Holy name Jesus for You are our God and none can compare to You. You are Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Shammah, Jehovah Shalom, we praise Your holy name. Lord You have said in Your word that You will withhold no good thing from those who diligently seek You. May You release the grace of forgiveness in our hearts, that we may be quick to forgive and hold no grudges against others. May You give us the grace to forgive our enemies. May You grant us the fruit of love and humility in our hearts. May You provide the guidance that we have been searching for from You Lord our King. May Your angels go before us to prepare our way ahead and behind to be our rear guard. May You protect us and our families from all sicknesses and diseases. May our children walk in great faith knowing that You our Savior are with us. We rejoice and are exceedingly glad for nothing shall be impossible for us in You Christ Jesus. May You Lord give us the double portion that we seek. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: 1 John 4:20-21, Colossians 3:13