As we are at a season of goodwill to all men and celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus, I am reminded of Jesus on the Cross who was still able to forgive us sinners in all the pain and at the point of death.
Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
If we are flesh and blood, people will hurt us and vice versa. As I am maturing in Christ, I am reminded by the Holy Spirit, that no matter the distress that I been through, I cannot compare it to what Jesus suffered, from the moment that He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Isa 53 describes what Jesus went through so well: 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgement he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
If people don’t hurt us or our closed ones’ offend us, then maybe we are not living in this world. However, we need to put the harm that people or an individual have put us through, as children of God into perspective. We need to deal with the upset, pain and even unforgiveness and let God heal us. Jesus has been there, He knows about sorrow and hurt.
In Hebrews, it talks about us not suffering to the extend of shedding blood; chapter 12: 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
If we were to hurt people back the way that they hurt us, we could end up hurting ourselves in the process and also end up committing sin. What I have come to realise is that if I were to walk in the path of unforgiveness, I end up sinning against God and He is the one whom I need in my life more than the person/people who have offended me. I cannot afford for my relationship with God to be strained because of unforgiveness.
So, I have to let go and let God. Its easier said than done; I know. As I seek His face more and more and want to please Him as much as I can, I really cannot afford unforgiveness to hold me back as that is what the devil wants. The enemy wants to fill me with hatred and grief, anger and pain against someone or some people. Believe me, its not worth it, let that pain, that offence, that hurt, that anger go please for your sake. God will deal with the person who has caused you pain, leave them to God.
Deut 32: It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
PRAYER POINTS: Lord help me to forgive my enemies, so that my blessings are not withheld because of them; Lord help me to deal with the hurt that this person caused me; Lord touch me and heal my heart from the spirit of anger towards….
MERRY CHRISTMAS IN ADVANCE!