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A Servants Heart-Part VI
10/5/2009

A Servants Heart-Part VI

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Psalms 86:5 (NKJV)


We have been looking at a series of devotionals titled, "A Servant's Heart."  In this series we have been looking at what it means to have a proper servant's heart as defined by God.  We cannot properly serve others in the way our Lord demonstrated without first having this type of heart.  And so we have been breaking down Colossians 3:12-14, which God has given to us to show us what we must possess before we can properly serve others in His name, which we have been called to do in Colossians 3:17.

In our last devotional we looked at the 5th and 6h of the 8-qualities that we must "Put on" each day before we can properly serve others.  The first six-qualities we looked at were:

1.    A heart of compassion
2.    Kindness
3.    Humility
4.    Meekness (Gentleness)
5.    Longsuffering (Patience)
6.    Bearing with one another



Let's continue to look at these 8-qualities.  The next quality we must "Put on", is:

7.    Forgiving each other

...and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Colossians 3:13 (NKJV)


This is quite possibly one of the biggest snares that we face in the way of temptation.  There is something in our flesh that wants to exact vengeance, or to be given some sort of restitution for the wrongs we have faced.  If "Forgiveness" were the high-bar that measured our success as Christians, it would be the very height that takes out most of the Christian competition-leaving them wounded and of "no use" on the sidelines of planet Earth. 

As I have stated before, we have no problem pondering whether or not we will forgive others of their transgressions, but we expect God to hold to His promise of the forgiveness of our sins.  Thankfully God is faithful even as we are faithless.

If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2Timothy 2:13 (NKJV)

Jesus Christ is the perfect model of forgiveness.  As He hung on the Cross of Calvary, the guards mocked and ridiculed Him from below; they cast lots for His possessions and divided them up between themselves.  They spit, cursed, beat, and threw insults at Him, and this is what He had to say:

Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Luke 23:34 (NKJV)

That's what we need to imitate!  We need to forgive others every time-all the time.  If we don't, we will only be hurting ourselves, because we will lose that close relationship that God wants to have with us, and our prayers will be hindered as we walk in sin.  That's the way the enemy gets two fish on one hook-first he tempts someone into a sinful act against us, then he tempts us to not forgive them-when this happens, we are just as much in sin as the person who may have offended us. 

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)

If it is our desire to be used by God, then we must forgive everyone for everything.  We cannot serve God in the way He has intended for us to serve when we have sin in our life.  And since un-forgiveness is not the will of God, and that is the essence of sin.

Q:    So how do we forgive others?
A:    We put on Christ.

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27 (NKJV)
 
This simply means to ask yourself in every situation you face, "What would Jesus do in this situation?"  As you ask yourself this question with respect to forgiving others you will know the answer.  The whole object of being a Christian is to be Christ-like, and that is going to happen one opportunity at a time as we are transformed to be like Him. 

Hey Christian, we need to read our Bible daily.  We need to saturate our mind with the things that He wants us to know-not what is being thrown at us by the enemy through the TV set, computers or the radio.  When God forgives, He forgets-Period!  He won't use it against us as a battery ram or to bring accusation against us in the future.  Christ paid for all sin, and that includes the sin of the one who offended you.  If you accepted His forgiveness for your sin, then don't hold others accountable by a different standard. 

One last thing about God's forgiveness-it's forever!  He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness.  And it is as far as the East is from the West-and we know that the East and the West cannot ever meet.  That's how far your sin is from God, and that's how far others sins should be from our mind as well.

In our next devotional we will be looking at the last quality that we must put on as believers so that we can have a servants heart.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about forgiveness by reading the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anyone whom you have not forgiven whether living or deceased? 

APPLICATION: Go to the mercy seat of God and ask for forgiveness right now, and forgive that person for their transgression.  Pray for them that they will see their sin just the way that God does, and pray that He will use it to bring them closer to Him. 

Father, Thank You for forgiving me of my transgressions Lord.  Father Thank You for the propitiation of Jesus' blood upon the Cross of Calvary.  Lord please reveal to me if there is anyone that I have not forgiven in my life.  Help me to continue to bestow grace and mercy upon those who may offend me.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Check out this Casting Crowns video on how God forgives our sin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyoVJfADlwo


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