Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Choosing Forgiveness – Part 2

Isaiah 43:18-19, 25 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.

Psalm 103:12 tells Believers: “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. So, if God does remember or consider our sins from the past, why can’t we? Choose forgiveness in Christ rather than bitterness. Do we really want to get well? Are we willing to do what it takes to get better on God’s terms? Some people love their wounds, their hurts, and their sickness. Some find that their infirmity brings them attention and pity, so they glory in parading them before others. Others cling to their hurts as excuses for what they have become, justified for their shortcomings and failures. To be healed would take away their excuses and make them responsible to be what they should be.
Some people are more interested in being angry with God than in experiencing wholeness. They’re wrapped up in themselves and don’t want to relinquish control. They don’t want to risk being obligated to God, to be what He wants them to be. Others fear change, becoming comfortable in their pain. They know how to live with it and what to expect. They fear the unknown, having to learn new ways of living. Many simply are bitter, so wretched, so demoralized, and so numb that healing seems utterly impossible and therefore unthinkable. But there is hope! No one who desire to be freed by Jesus need remain shackled forever to chains if bitterness and anger. If your answer to Jesus is yes, then the Lord stands ready to “bring good news to the afflicted; … to bind up the brokehearted, … to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to prisoners”Isaiah 61:1.

Luke 23:33-34 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Get before the Lord one on One and the results will be life changing. By unleashing the power of forgiveness in your life and being made whole, you will be able to effectively carry out the plans and purposes He has for you.

Forgiven in Christ, Brian

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