Forgive and you shall be forgiven

Matthew 6:14-15: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Forgiving and forgetting the trespasses of someone, especially if that someone is close to you, is very difficult. It is difficult because it goes against our flesh. Our flesh keeps reminding us what they did to us, how they hurt us, and our flesh wants us to remind them what they did to us and how they hurt us. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.

I have for long struggled with forgiving someone close, someone that really hurt me. It made be bitter and hate that person to the core of my heart, but I have made a choice, by the grace of God, to forgive them and am asking God to help me forget that pain and their trespasses, as He forgave and forgot my sins. Holding onto a grudge, being bitter, only hurts us, the “offender” is often rejoicing and isn’t even aware what you are going through because of them. But God knows, which is why He wants us to forgive them and let go of that pain.

Remember, on that cross, Jesus, forgave the very people and all of us, who were the reason for His suffering, wounds, and death. He forgave us, and when He forgives, He wipes our slate clean and remembers our sins no more. Through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour – Jesus Christ, we are now made a new creation, the old has passed, behold all things are new. All we have to do is receive Him into our life and repent of ours sins and strive to be more like Jesus.

Yes, dear reader, let us learn to forgive our enemies and especially those near and dear ones who wounded us. Give your pain to Jesus, take it all to the Lord in prayer. Yes, it’s difficult for us to forgive, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us – Phillipians 4:13. Forgiving them will set us free, it will restore the joy of our Lord and it will only help us be more like Jesus.

Dear Father, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, He forgave us our sins and iniquities, so also, help us forgive those who sinned and trespassed against us. We cannot do this on our own dear Lord, you can, so please help us, give us the grace and power and enable us to love our enemies, to pray for those who have spitefully used us and grieved us. We ask this in Jesus mighty and precious name. Amen!

Learning to Listen God’s Voice

1 Samuel 3:10 – “Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

What a privilege it is to hear God’s voice. It is a huge privilege in itself to come to God’s throne boldly in Jesus name, and to place our requests and praises to Him, but I believe it is a greater privilege to be able to hear God’s voice. God speaks to us always, and prayer after all is not a one way communication, it is a two way conversation between God and man.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27.

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Ps 25:4-5.

How do we listen to His voice? Mainly by reading His Word, by memorising scriptures and asking God to help us hear His voice. Any other voice that you hear in your head or dream in your dreams, if it goes against the Word of God, is certainly not of God, and thus you can discern between His voice and other voices.

 Dear reader, we can know Him intimately only if we spend more and more time with Him. Our relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ is like any other relationship, the more time we invest in that relationship, the more we talk to that Person, the more we get to know Him and the more He will know us (although Jesus knows us already, even before the foundation of the earth). So let us spend more time with Him in prayer, and ask Him to give us the Spirit of discernment, so that we learn to recognise His voice and follow Him alone.

Dear Lord, open our ears that we may hear Your voice, and open our eyes that we may see Your wonderful works, and give us the Spirit of discernment, that we may be able to discern between right and wrong, good and evil. Help us to spend more and more time with You in prayer and reading Your Word and help us to obey all your commandments, that we may hear those wonderful words – “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Into your hands we commit ourselves. To You alone be all glory and honour, now and forevermore. Amen!