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Forgiveness Day
6/21/2017

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

Of all the official holidays and special days that have been set aside to celebrate or observe, I think I am most intrigued with “Forgiveness Day.”  That’s right—there’s an official day set aside to forgive others.  Actually, there are technically 3-such days throughout the world. 

·      Global Forgiveness Day (Est. in 1994)

·      International Forgiveness Day (Est. in 1996)

·      National Forgiveness Day (Est. in 2006)

Suffice to say, there are multiple “Official” days in which we can choose to forgive those who have hurt or offended us.  So which one of these days is the best one to let go of the resentment, bitterness, and blame of another person’s bad choices?  Well, I personally don’t think we should wait for any of these official days to choose to forgive others, or to attempt to restore any damaged relationships.  I am not against acknowledging these 3-days as a great reminder of true love, but I would rather acknowledge God’s will for me to forgive immediately.  The way I see it there is way too much at stake to make the choice not to forgive — forgiveness is always a choice. 

Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 (NKJV)

Unforgiveness is a sin, and is just as ugly in God’s eyes as the things we are unwilling to forgive others for.  If we choose to hold on to our unforgiveness then we are regarding iniquity in our heart, and this will lead to our failing miserably in our walk with God and in our Christian witness (cf. Ps. 66:18).

Here me in this – the enemy knows this and therefore he will be quick to give us many reasons to justify our not forgiving others.  He knows if he is successful he will effectively neutralize our ability to be used by God.  And as appealing as those reasons may be to entertain not forgiving someone, remember the one good reason you should forgive them — because God forgave you.  It’s that simple!  We need to show the same mercy, grace, and love upon others as has been shown to us. 

I want to encourage you to make every day your official forgiveness day, and don’t stop until you see Jesus face-to-face.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 6:37, what can we learn with regard to our not forgiving others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: If there anyone you have not forgiven in the way God has forgiven you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to show you anyone whom you may have not forgiven for an offense.  Now choose to forgive them, and to not hold their sin against them.  Allow God to deal with it and choose to love them enough to show mercy and grace.

PRAYER: Father, Thank You for forgiving me of my trespasses.  Thank You for Your mercy, love and grace upon my life.  Father, show me anyone whom I have not forgiven.   Help me to show them the same mercy and love You have shown me. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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