Our Friday night small group Bible study group reached the final lesson on the topic of “Forgiveness” and we took a look at the fact that although we cannot change what’s happened in our lives, we can change its effect on us by choosing godly forgiveness. But, to see this clearly, we need to ask ourselves a couple questions to start; (1) “Do you want to be made well?”, and (2) “Are you willing to do what it takes to get better on God’s terms?” or are you determined to try to find healing in your own way and on your own terms?
Ephesians 4:31-32“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. The latter list (involving walking in the spirit, is the means by which we can “put away” the former list, which involves the sinful flesh desires.
Psalm 139:23-24“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
As Believers, we should be open to allowing God to expose any unforgiveness in our lives so that the healing process can be applied. If and when God reveals things, don’t discount them or assume you have already dealt with them. He is showing them to you and I because we may have simply denied them or covered them over, and they have been inside us festering. Our Almighty Maker knows us better than we know ourselves. He is God, who loves us and seeks our highest good. The question is: Are we willing to pray and ask God to do as Psalm 139 says?
Philippians 3:13-14“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
By forgetting, not calling to mind, or not pondering something, we simply “choose” to no longer be influenced or affected by it. God does not ask us to perform some impossible feat of mental and psychological gymnastics to erase the hurts of the past. We cannot change what lies behind us. However, forgiveness changes the effects that will have on our future. Those who dwell constantly on the past know where they have been, but do not know where they are going. The phrase “I press” carries the idea of intense endeavor. The Greeks used this wording to describe a hunter eagerly pursuing his prey. We do not become a winning athlete by listening to lectures, watching instructional movies, reading coaching books, or cheering at the game and determining at the game. We become winning athletes by getting into the game and determining to win. In the same way, you are to press on, determined to overcome the past using the wonderful virtue of true love in action.
Let's continue this great message on "Forgiveness tomorrow.
In Christ, Brian