Good morning! I was listening to a podcast this morning and of course wanted to share what I learned!! 😊 When you're in a conflict with someone, and that person has committed a sin against you, it's easy to focus on the fact that you did not sin in this particular situation. However, even if we didn't sin in that circumstance or in the same way that person has sinned, you are still a sinner just the same. God, calls us to show others the same grace, unconditional love and forgiveness toward others as He shows us daily. Whether they have asked for forgiveness or not. "1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."
What If God should be as angry and hateful with me, for every sin I commit, as I am with those who sin against me? What would become of me!?
In fact, hatred is actually a pretty bad thing in Gods eyes, as explained in 1 John 3:15 "Anyone who hates a brother or sister (or mother or father) is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him."
So, if you think your unfair treatment and hatred toward someone is justified, think again. It will not only slowly darken your soul, but God will use the same measure on you, that you use on others, in dealing with with an offense/sin. Matthew 6:14 “...You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part."
Forgiveness is more than a simple decision or phrase, it is omitting the wrong doing from your dealings with that person, it is a "sending away" of the offense to never be held against them again, in any way. Showing love to the offender by praying for them and by covering their faults, is something God calls us to do for others in order to protect them from being overcome by their sin. Letting God handle the situation fully, so that the offender may be restored. 2 Corinthians 2:7-8 "Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him."
By doing this, you'll actually be setting yourself free from the darkness that could eventually overtake your soul.
Hebrews 12:15 "Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many."
Mark 11:25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Colossians 3:13-15 "Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful."
Set yourself and others free!! ❤️
Resources: Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mathew Henry, NIV and The Message.