“Forgiveness, #3”

“Forgiveness, #3”

Proverbs 19:11 says, “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

  • “I’m going to give that person a piece of my mind!” I wouldn’t do that if I were you … You only have so many pieces!
  • She made me angry! So I blew up in anger because of her terribly offensive remarks.” If you were full of the Holy Spirit, the offense would have simply left.

HOW DO I FORGIVE?

  • Overlook it … Blow it off … Pay no attention to it! “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.” Proverbs 20:3
  • Drop the matter Do you get angry when someone cuts you off or refuses to dim their lights? Be careful! “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.” Proverbs 17:4
  • Use the shield of blessing — Zig was a famous salesman and motivational speaker. One day he pulled his car up to a stop sign, but drove a bit into a passenger walking lane. The man immediately launched an obscene gesture and stared at Zig. Zig replied, “Hi friend!” Imagine, the guy was now cursing a friend! “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
  • Stop feeding bitterness with verbal hostility — When you pour ugly stuff out of your mouth the person you are talking to is a victim of your bitter spirit.  That is like pouring Miracle Grow on weeds! Roots of bitterness spring up with a mouth that says whatever!
  • Forgive! You can make that happen by a determined choice! Go so far as to say to yourself, ”I am going to cancel this debt! This feud is not worth it!”
  • Ask God to forgive them! Come on now … Pray for the people who have wronged you. Did not Jesus forgive a woman caught in adultery? Pray for those who have abused and used you. Proclaim God’s smile on their lives.  Jesus died without any bitterness in His spirit. Some of His last words from the cross before He died were these: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
  • Invest your pain — Stephen was such an honorable man in the Bible.  Stephen loved and did good for everyone. Still, the Jewish religious leaders stoned him. As Stephen was getting pelted with rocks until he was about dead, some of his last words were, “ … Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

Acts 7:60: When you forgive God doesn’t brush your pain into a wastebasket and take it to the trash dumpster. Rather, your pain has been invested like a treasure in the Bank of Heaven.

There is so much more I could say!

Pastor Stan