COLUMNS

We have been forgiven

Minister Marienetta Williams

One of the most difficult challenges in life is to walk in total forgiveness. Adults as well as children are faced with opportunities to choose to obey God or allow a spirit of hatred and bitterness to resonate in their hearts. The Bible is very specific about forgiveness. In Matthew 18:21-22 the question was asked “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? “Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” This means that forgiveness has no limits. When we are hurt by others we must walk in the forgiveness power that Jesus continuously gives to each of us.

You may ask the question, how do I forgive? Forgiveness can only be released from a heart of one who has received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The process of love for one another is encompassed in a compassion and spirit that is given to all of God’s children. Meditating on the WORD of God, and praying for the individual(s) who have cause you hurt will allow God to supernaturally overpower the feeling of anxiety that keep you bonded, as you experience a freedom of joy, unspeakable full of glory.

Make this day a day of new beginning saying, “this time it will be different” when a spouse, parent(s), child, employer, neighbor, and/or etc, approach you with animosity trying to draw you in the flesh. My mom used to say, “shake it off and pat it down.” Meaning as long as satan is under your feet you can always walk in your VICTORY.

The word FORGIVENESS means to pardon; to give up resentment of; to cease to feel resentment against. Romans 12:21 says to overcome evil with good.

We have been forgiven from our sins. The Bible says Jesus has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the FORGIVENESS of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray He said “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen”

If you really love GOD and HIS SON JESUS with a sincere heart and mind, how can you be called by HIS name and not forgive?

Remember JESUS’ crucifixion was a method of torture and execution. He was nailed to a CROSS. He took the scourging all for us. Who are we to hold such hatred in our hearts against one another when JESUS THE CHRIST took the suffering we should have taken? His final words were “Father FORGIVE them for they know not what they do.”

WE HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN