MONDAY 8TH AUG.,2016
TOPIC: FORGIVENESS BEGINS THE HEALING PROCESS
TEXT: MARK 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
The hardest offences to forgive are committed by the people who are closest to us. Why? We have to live with them every day! When we’re young, our emotions are so intense that wounds and injuries may stay with us for a lifetime. The pain is worse when the one who wronged us was a parent. What’s the answer? Forgiveness. A Doctor defined forgiveness as ‘giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.’
Perhaps a mother rejected us instead of providing the love we needed, or an alcoholic father was sexually abusive in the midnight hours. Victims of such horror may still be consumed with resentment and anger many decades later. This can cause you to ‘act out’, and hurt the people you now love; and Hurt you for hurting me. Only when you find the emotional maturity to release those who’ve wronged you, whether they have repented or not, will your wounds begin to heal. Jesus put it this way: ‘When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.’
Here’s something you may not have considered: God has already forgiven you based on you receiving His Mercy and forgiveness,so willingness to forgive others is expected by God. You may think; why must I forgive them, I’m letting them off the hook.’ No, you’re letting yourself off the hook! You’re setting yourself free of pain and resentment, and positioning yourself to walk in God’s blessing. Leave the offence and the offender with God; He’s the only one who understands what they did and why they did it. As far as you are concerned—forgiveness begins the healing process.
MEDITATION : COL 3:13, 2COR 2:10
STUDY THE BIBLE
2COR 10; 2KGS 23:36-24:20; HAB 1