Forgiveness, even when…

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We live in a fallen world and we all have a sin nature.

We are an imperfect people. We were created by a perfect God, given a free will, because only love from a free will is real love. This is why we have been given a free will, so we can choose to love God. He doesn’t force us to love Him. He loves us unconditionally, but it is our choice to reciprocate.

Because of this free will and our sin nature (from the fall of man) sometimes our choices hurt other people. There is always a consequence to our choices. Often the consequence has a ripple effect, it affects more than just ourselves, sometimes it passes through generations.

So, we wonder why do bad things happen to seemingly good people? Why is innocence stolen from children? Why are hearts broken from infidelity? Why?

Our God is not blind. He sees everything. Not one thing escapes His attention. He gives us every opportunity to make right choices. He puts the road blocks up, yet we sometimes jump over them or knock them down. He speaks to our hearts, but when out hearts are hardened we do not hear Him.

For every tear that has been shed, He has captured. Every wound, He can heal.

So, if you are one who has been wounded, if your innocence has been stolen, if your soul has been ripped apart… know this, He is close to the broken hearted. He has not over looked you.

In relationships, we sometimes can hurt each other. Sometimes, not intentionally. Then sometimes we do things from our carnal man, our sin nature, our selfishness…

Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-24, “if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.”

Repentance is the first step to healing.

And forgiveness brings healing to the offended, wounded, rejected, and forgotten.

I was thinking about this today as I was driving. I very clearly heard the Lord say to forgive.

“But, God!” I said. “He lied to me, he betrayed me. He broke my heart.”

“Forgive.”

You see, God knows and He understands, He himself was betrayed by one of His own…. and with a kiss even! He knows the pain of betrayal. Yet, He still washed this betrayers feet.

We reject Him when we choose to be selfish, to have our own way, to not love, walk in forgiveness…. yet, He does not leave us.

It is not for us to decide the fate of the unrepentant heart who has wounded us. God loves even them. Yes, its true. And if we are His, we will love even them….but, from a distance.

Feelings of love and forgiveness do not come right away. This is what we call faith. When we are tempted to erect the walls of hate and apathy, this is when we must declare by faith…. “Lord, I forgive them and I release them to you.”

Now this is a heart the Lord can heal.

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