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A lot has happened lately that has caused me to really question this act called forgiveness. What exactly is forgiveness? People offer counsel to the hurting, encouraging them to forgive and forget but really what is forgiveness? Is forgiveness something that should be done within one's self or is there a need for the both parties to come together and try to iron out differences? From close observation, research and personal experience, I've come to understand that we are not really acting according to the Word of God. I'm choosing to share with you the understanding I got from the whole thing so that we can all learn a thing or two and apply it.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Ps 103:2 He sat on the park bench so depressed-looking that a policeman tried to console him. “Something the matter?” “Yeah,” he replied. “A few months ago my grandfather left me $500,000 and some oil wells.” The policeman responded, “That doesn’t sound like something to be upset over.” “Yeah, but you haven’t heard the whole story. Last month my uncle left me $1,000,000.”
“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.” Jn 4:14 NKJV The line from an old hit song goes, “Looking for love in all the wrong places.” That was true of a woman Jesus met at a well in Samaria. Here’s her story: (1) She tried religion but it didn’t satisfy her. She told Jesus, “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship” (v. 20 NKJV).
“When Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face.” Gal 2:11 NKJV When Peter showed partiality to Jews over Gentiles, Paul confronted him over it! Why? To keep unity in the church. Sometimes you’ve no option but to confront someone. The question is, “How?” None of us are born with the innate ability to do this; it’s a skill only learned through practice and patience. e Scriptures:
“A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” Ecc 3:7 NKJV Confronting at a time when the person is most receptive takes wisdom. Wife, when your husband first comes home from work, give him space before you bombard him with the problems of the day. Husband, don’t wait until you arrive at the event to tell your wife you don’t like the outfit she’s wearing. Tell her when she can do something about it.
“Lord, you have searched me and you know me… you perceive my thoughts.” Ps 139:1-2 NIV Just as a body builder develops a great physique by using the correct weightlifting techniques, you must apply the right techniques to achieve the desired results in resolving your conflict. No athlete attempts to lift heavy weights or engage in intense exercise without first warming up his or her muscles.
“I have called him…and he will succeed in his mission.” Isa 48:15 NIV God told Jeremiah, “Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work” (Jer 1:5 NCV). When God decides to use you, five things happen: First, there is a call. God asks common people to do uncommon things, like Peter getting out of a boat and walking on water. Second, there is fear.
“Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.” Isa 54:2 NKJV The desire to change is the key to growth in any area of life. Most of us desire improvement, yet at the same time we resist change. But you can’t have one without the other! Change is possible only if you want it badly enough. As Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express, observed: “You are the way you are, because that’s the way you want to be.