|Posted on July 17, 2018 at 9:20 AM|
Read: Ephesians 4:31-32
Good morning reader, isn't it interesting; that young children generally do not hold grudges? They may cry and throw tantrums, but once their anger has been vented, they let it go. About two years ago, I was so angliy with my husband I thought that I was going to lose my mind, however I did not he took me to very dark place in my life. So I begin to pray, just as we do in time of a crisis day and night more than I normally do. I said that to say this, adults, however, have a tendency to hang on to offenses for dear life. When people wrong us or our loved ones, we want them to pay for what they've done, to suffer as we have. it only seems fair to expect restitution of some kind, and unless that occurs, we withhold forgiveness.
But as Christians, however, we are called to a different standard and way of thinking, you should think this is true but in my care it was different alright, I was the same person that I tries to change. I found out that carnal flesh was rising up in me again, I not ones that's consistent with God's character. So I being pray and pleaed with to strength me. Because he is a merciful Father who wants His children to show mercy to others (Luke 6:36). His Son's life on earth demonstrated this. As Jesus hung on the cross, He prayed for those who cruclfied Him, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing" (23:34). God expects us to forgive as Jesus did, regardless of circumstances.
This command seems impossible to carry out until we start to grasp the enormity of what took place on the cross. Christ's death made us recipients of a mercy so great it defies comprehension. The Savior took all our sin upon Himself and died in our place. He experienced the outpouring of God's wrath so we might be forgiven and reconciled to the Father. Although we deserve condemnation, through Jesus Christ we have instead received God's mercy.
Now as new creations in Christ who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we have His power to truly let go of the wrongs done to us and extend mercy to others, just as God has given mercy to us.