Saturday, October 13, 2012

When Forgiveness is Hard

 Have you ever forgave someone just to have them hurt you over and over again? Well, the bible tells us in Matthew 18:21-23 that Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

 In no way shape or form am I perfect, In fact I stumble many times. I get angry when I shouldn't, I sometimes shout to get my point across when I wish I could just calmly say what needs to be said, without getting so emotional. I make mistakes, I fall short of the glory and it hurts me when I fail the LORD. I grieve, because I have sinned against GOD. And HE is so compassionate with me, HE gives me (undeserving grace) and when I'm hurt and torn apart, HE is always there with arms wide open and ears to hear my every cry. Well, when I can recognize my desperate need for my Savior. He, softens this harden heart of mine and fills it with His mercy and compassionate love, He then enables me to extend forgiveness. It is my brokenness that draws me to my knees, It's recognizing that I have a great need, I need GOD, I'm lost without HIM. The LORD reminds me in Matthew 7:12 … “treat people the same way you want them to treat you.”

Christ is my example, HE forgave me! And how great was my sin. It is only through the LORD that I can forgive by faith, over and over again. It's being honest before the LORD. And yes, with man this is impossible but with GOD all things are possible. {Matthew 19:26}

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 
{Colossians 3:12-13}

LORD Father GOD,
Please O Lord, help me to forgive and to forgive quickly just as you have forgiven me. Please do not let my heart become harden. I need You, LORD. Help me to love the way you love (unconditionally) and (wholeheartedly). I call upon YOUR name O LORD and I ask for Your forgiveness of all my sins. I know I am undeserving of YOUR Grace. Please Father GOD, Your will be done and not my own. Fill this broken, empty heart with YOUR LOVE, Grace, Mercy, Merciful Kindness and Forgiveness. Let me extend YOUR Mercy to others. For my heart delights to please YOU. I LOVE YOU, LORD.

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