WHO DO YOU NEED TO FORGIVE BEFORE 2014?


WHO DO YOU NEED TO FORGIVE BEFORE 2014?

“Resentment is like swallowing poison and hoping to kill your enemies”                                                     ~ Nelson Mandela ~

“Resentment is like swallowing poison and hoping to kill your enemies”
~ Nelson Mandela ~

Who do you need to forgive before 2014?

Ephesians 4:31-32 states, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – (Amplified Bible)

Colossians 3:13 states, “Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].” – (Amplified Bible)

The following is a quote on forgiveness vs. acceptance from an article by Judy Picoult (as told by Leigh Newman) called “Judy Picoult’s Rules for Life” .

I thought the quote captured the difference between forgiveness and acceptance very well and I decided to post it because recognizing that forgiveness does not mean acceptance may help someone who needs to forgive a person(s) move into that place of forgiveness as the Lord requires.

Forgiveness and acceptance are not the same things. 
For me, there really is a big difference between forgiveness and acceptance. If you forgive someone, you aren’t necessarily saying that what the person did was right. What you’re saying is, “I’m not giving you the power to make me a victim. I’m not going to let you invade my mind and make me hate you.” Forgiveness is not for the other person. It’s for yourself. That’s the way I see it. Whereas acceptance is really more of a caving in, as far as I’m concerned. It’s saying, “What you did, I’m okay with.”

~ Judy Picoult ~

Why do you need to forgive that person(s) before 2014?

Here are three reasons.

1) You can’t move forward looking back.

2) With God, forgiveness is not an option, it is a command.

3) Your receiving forgiveness from God is contingent on our willingness to forgive others.

Matthew 6:14-15 states, “For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.” – (Amplified Bible)

Mark 11: 25-26 states, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings. – (Amplified Bible)

 SIMPLY PUT, IF WE FORGIVE OTHERS THEIR WRONGS, GOD WILL FORGIVE US OUR WRONGS, AND IF WE DON’T, HE WON’T……….SOBERING!

Who do you need to forgive before 2014?

“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.”

~ Thomas Fuller ~

“But forgiveness is not an emotion… Forgiveness is an act of will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

~ C. S. Lewis ~

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

~ Philip Yancey ~

If you know that the Lord is speaking to you about getting rid of the unforgiveness in your life, before going into 2014, do not harden your heart. He is speaking to you because He desires to set you free from that weight and bondage instead of dragging it into the new year.

Why don’t you take some time and acknowledge that unforgiveness to yourself and to God as well as the accompanying hurt, pain, disappointment, anger, rage, and desire for vengeance that burn within?

Speak to the Lord candidly. Let Him know how you feel about what happened. Cry if you need to. Get it all out.

Having done this, I challenge you to confess the unforgiveness to the Lord as sin and tell  Him that in spite your thoughts and feelings, in obedience to His Word, you are now willing to forgive.

IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

IT’S TIME TO LET THAT SITUATION GO.

IT’S TIME TO LET THAT PERSON GO.

IT’S TIME TO LET YOURSELF GO.

DON’T CARRY THAT UNFORGIVENESS INTO 2014.

Here’s a music video by Kevin Levar, the words and images/stories of which beautifully depict the power of forgiveness – watch and listen and be blessed.

 

Who do you need to forgive before 2014?

If you are willing to forgive them, I invite you to pray the following prayer of forgiveness:

Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. By faith, in obedience to your Word, and as an act of my will, I choose to forgive those who have wronged me.  Father I forgive them and release them to You. By your grace, help me to no longer dwell on the situation, but to instead let it go and move on. Heal my mind, body, soul and spirit from all wounds, even those in my innermost parts that I am not aware of. Now that I have forgiven those who wronged me, I thank You for restoring me to a place of forgiveness with You. I thank You for freeing me from the bondage of the sin of unforgiveness and cleansing me of all its effects by your blood in Jesus’ name….Amen.

Believe you have received and walk into 2014 in your newfound place of freedom.

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image ‘Forgive” courtesy of Photobucket.com

“Judy Picoult’s Rules for Life” by Judy Picoult (as told by Leigh Newman) http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Jodi-Picoult-Interview–Jodi-Picoult-Quotes/2#ixzz2oclc2Uvg)

Video “A HEART THAT FORGIVES” by Kevin Levar courtesy of Feature Productions – http://www.youtube.com

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4 thoughts on “WHO DO YOU NEED TO FORGIVE BEFORE 2014?

  1. You’re welcome Kavi….nice hearing from you…:) Hope you had a good Christmas and may the Lord grant you a happy, healthy, and purpose-filled, New Year.

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