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Forgiveness

Driving to church this past Sunday morning, I was listening to a Christian radio station. I am not sure the name of the program but they were talking about what inspired the song, “Forgiveness” by Matthew West. How many times do you listen to the words of songs? I mean, actually listen to them. Most of us just go through singing along not paying any attention to the lyrics or the meaning that those lyrics convey to the world. I know I have been guilty of it.

I have listened to this song several times since it aired and liked it and the lyrics but not one time did the lyrics touch me in the way that they did this particular Sunday morning. This songs inspiration, based on the interview, was from a mom who lost her daughter to a drunk driving accident and how, with God’s help, forgave the young man. This forgiveness transformed the young man’s life! I sat there and listened intently to the lyrics this time. As I listened to them and associated them with the story that was told prior to the song playing, I asked myself, “Could I ever forgive someone who took my child from me?” Could you?

John 3:16 (AMP) says, “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” God showed or modeled tremendous love for us by doing this. For He already knew what was going to happen when He sent Jesus down to earth. Jesus had a destiny and that was to sacrifice Himself for us!

Jesus Himself said, “Father, forgive them for they no not what they do.” If Jesus can forgive for someone taking His life we should also. It will not be easy, I am sure, but in order for you to live a life of true freedom, you must forgive any and all things that have occurred in your life. The forgiveness is not so much for the other person but for you. If you harbor un-forgiveness in your heart your heart will harden. You cannot walk in the fullness or revelation of God’s love for you if you have un-forgiveness towards anyone.

But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother or harbors malice (enmity of heart) against him shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court; and whoever speaks contemptuously and insultingly to his brother shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, You cursed fool! [You empty-headed idiot!] shall be liable to and unable to escape the hell of fire. So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you,Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.

Matthew 5:22-24

Even though this talks about someone having something against you I would think it works both ways. How can you enter His gates with thanksgiving when you have anger, hatred, and animosity towards someone? Start the healing process in your life, forgive them for any wrong doing. Seek God for He loves you in spite of your anger.  He loves you so much that He sent His Son years ago to die for your healing. When you forgive, the person you set free is YOU!

~Ronda Sullivan

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