Published by Deborah Negron – Child of God
October 3, 2022
We are Made Right As We Are Forgiven and As We Forgive Others
The devil is a liar. He makes us think we can just forget and move on. Ignore and just let go and not do what God tells us we ought to do in order to be made right with God.
To accuse, to put down, to complain, to repeat a matter, to remember the sins of the past, to hold a grudge, to be unforgiving, to become distant and to become indifferent are all effects of losing one’s first love.
We can all remember something somebody said and did to us. We can all recall being put down or let down. But allowing there to be anger that festers creates in us a cancer of bitterness and we can fall in to the trap of unforgiveness.
Spouses tend to do this when they become apathetic and familiar with their partner.
Children tend to do thid when they become rebellious as teens.
Workers do this when the blessing of their job becomes a mundane series of tasks and one forgets that there is a blessing in bring able to produce.
Parents when overworked and tired may forget that their children need more than just food, shelter and things. Thay need discipline and instruction and physical affection.
We become camplacent and apathetic when we stop focusing on the fact that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of lights.
We become indifferent when we stop being grateful and look at life as a series of chores, rather than, a daily blessing and an adventure to experience the goodness of God.
Throughout the years, we have all had moments of time, where we become tired. We have had issues that we have allowed to cloud our thinking and judgment.
We have perhaps forgotten that it is better to give than to receive.
But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
2 Corinthians 8:7
It is not enough to go to some religious service and experience a time of singing and hear the Word preached. It is not enough to say, a prayer and have some talent we give to the Lord. Such as visiting the sick or singing or playing an instrument at church. It is not enough to be kind to neighbors and appear to be “a good person,”
If we neglect to forgive one another and we forget to truly love one another forgetting wrong doings and having true fellowship,
We offend God. We fool ourselves.
We may think we are righteous in our own hearts but this will not be pleasing to the Lord.
There are husbands who fulfill their duties but are truly not showing love and mercy and kindness to their wives. They go through the motions. God sees their hearts.
There are wives who complain and tell others of their husbands failures and how they have been terrible husbands yet, they put themselves in judgment for their have defiled themselves. Because the Bible tells us that two shall become one flesh. So, by putting rheir spouses down, they harm themselves.
There are children who have felt offended by their parents and have becone distant from their parents and indifferent toward them.
The truth is, the Bible tells us,
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
It does not say, honor them if they were good to you. Or only honor them when they have been perfect anf never failed.
If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
“Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22
Well, lady, you have no idea what My parents did. Well, you do not understand hiw bad it got. Well, you cannot tell me how to live my life.
The speech, the thoughts are rebellion and pride. God opposes the proud.
He tells us to forgive.
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
We may disagree. We may have been mistreated. We may have been hurt by their neglect. Or perhaps we don’t have all the facts.
Our bitterness cannot cloud our judgment. It has become a stumbling block to our connection to God.
We need to do repent. Forgive them. Let go of past hurts and make ammends.
None of us is perfect. We have all failed. The wonderful thing is that there is still time. Jesus has not returned yet.
Today there is still time to reconcile.
That husband is still present in the home. Pray for him. Show your love for him. Be Christlike, and forgive him.
That wife may just become a wonderful lady again if you show up with a bouquet of roses. Remind her what she meant to you once. Forgive her for her shortcomings.
Love her as Chfist loved the church.
That daughter is wayward. That son never cares. Remember the fact that children are a blessing from the Lord. Pray for them. Continue to do good and become not weary in welldoing. The Lord will reach them in due time. God did not give up on you. Don’t give up on them.
That Dad was never there. Pray for him. He never cared. Pray for him. Temember that God orchestrates our lives. You have been cared for by the Lord. Imagine if you forgive that man, forgive your mom and allow the Holy Spirit of God to heal your hearts.
The days lived already cannot be changed but today is a new day. There is still hope in God. The Lord will not accept our worship if we are not truly seeking his will.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Jesus loved us even before we even knew of him. His desire is that we should love one another.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Show mercy. Show love. Forgive and be restored.
Every action and every God will weigh. We will be judged for what we say and do.
WE CANNOT BE LIKE OIL AND WATER. WE ARE ONE BODY. WE HAVE TO BE ONE IN THE LORD.
If we forgive, we shall be forgiven. If we do not our Father in heaven will not forgive us.