FORGIVENESS: GOD’S IDEAS ON THE SUBJECT (Watch out for the devil saying, “You should forgive!” and then giving a bad definition for which you will get no help from God to do because it is not what he is asking for.)
This week in your personal or family devotions, please look up the following verses and ponder
- What do they say?
- How should I then live?
- What kind of emotional struggle do I have to the thought of applying these truths?
2 Samuel 12: 9-15
2 Chronicles 7:14
Luke 6:37,38/ 15:18.19
Matthew 5:39-48/ 6:12-15/ 18:21-35
I John 1:9
I Corinthians 5:1-7,13/ 2 Corinthians 2:6-11, 13:10
2 Thessalonians 3:14,15
Galatians 6: 1,2
Acts 7: 60
I Thessalonians 5:15
I Peter 3:9
I Timothy 1:20
FORGIVENESS: By God’s grace, not letting what others have done to me to be an excuse for sin or for feeling distant from God or for constant review. (See my blog on POOR ME) It does not rule out setting painful limits on the other for their own good. It does cause me to be careful lest I wind up justifying even worse things. It does not mean that I do not have any painful feelings when I think about what happened. It does not mean that there is no scarring in my emotions and reactions from what happened.
There is what forgiveness means in my life and there is what it takes for them to be forgiven by God who is the one actually offended. After David’s sin that involved adultery with Bathsheba and killing Uriah her husband to cover it up. David wrote Psalm 51:1-19 “Against you, God and only against you have I sinned and done this evil in your sight.”