Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rewind--Forgiveness

From time-to-time it’s good to back-up; to look over our shoulders and see what’s behind us. It can be too convenient to brush the past aside and assume that all is well. Since we’re all sinners that means we have sinned, which means that we have created a separation between us and another person or persons (including God). “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isa. 59:2). [By the way, that is what death is―separation―we don’t cease to exist, but we are cut off from God or from other people.] Sin that’s not dealt withunforgiven sininjures and in some cases, destroys relationships. Don’t assume that because that person hasn’t said anything about it that it has simply gone away. You remember the sins that were committed against you but never acknowledged, now don’t you?

Is there someone you’ve sinned against that you need to go to and ask forgiveness? I don’t simply mean someone you sinned against yesterday or last week (thought that would be included), I’m thinking about things that might have happened years ago between you and a spouse, child, parent, friend or others. Perhaps you’ve grown-up now and can see your sin more clearly than you could at the time; that’s spiritual maturity. Here’s an opportunity to bless someone else. It’s such a delight to hear from someone, even if it’s many years later and to hear them say, “I was wrong”; “I was immature”; “I was foolish”; “I sinned”; etc. Go ahead and visit that person, make that phone call, write that letter. You’ll be glad you did. They’ll be glad you did.

1         Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
          For brethren to dwell together in unity!
2         It is like the precious oil upon the head,
          Running down on the beard,
          The beard of Aaron,
          Running down on the edge of his garments.
3         It is like the dew of Hermon,
          Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
          For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
          Life forevermore.
―Psalm 133

1 comment:

  1. It is receiving this kind of Biblical exhortation from you that has humbled me over the past year. Thank you for your faithfulness to God's word. Thank you for always offering me so much grace and trying to teach me how to give it to others.

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