Memory Text: “ ‘But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life’ “ (Gen 45:5, NKJV).
Forgiveness gives us rest as we can tell from the story of the woman that was forgiven for accusing Johnny of sexual assault that led him to rot in prison for 14 years. Forgiveness knows no bounds, it gives rest to our restless souls and teaches us what grace is about.
Why does Jesus take abuse or neglect of others so personally?
We all have been bought through Jesus’ blood and legally we are all His. Anyone who neglects or abuses Us neglects or abuses God’s property.
What does the refusal to forgive cause?
It causes restlessness and makes us still victims, but forgiving makes us free and we find rest when we forgive and forgo the wrongs done by others to us.
Why do we have to forgive?
We have to forgive each other because we all have sinned against God and despite our wrongs, God has forgiven us. If we do not forgive others we do not expect God to forgive us our sins.
What does it mean to forgive others?
Forgiving others does not give the person the license to continue in his sins, neither does it cancel the consequences, rather it means that we turn our resentments and desire for revenge over to God.
What does Jesus’ declaration on the cross teach us about the timing of forgiveness?
Jesus on the cross already forgave them of their sins even before they asked for forgiveness. This teaches us that we have to forgive those who have sinned against us even before the ask for forgiveness.
How does forgiveness begin?
It begins with the choice to forgive, we must decide to forgive and God will strengthen us to forgive even when it seems impossible to, for with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).
How do we find rest after forgiveness?
For wounds too deep, we need to go to God in prayer immediately and make the choice to forgive again to restore that rest and peace.
The wrong things people do to us may cause the relationship we have with them to break, but going to God immediately and making the choice to forgive will give us instant healing for our minds and we will find rest. I pray that we forgive others just as our heavenly father in heaven forgives us our sins in Jesus’ name.