The verse that jumped off the page to me today was 2 Samuel 2:26 – Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitten is the only result? When will you call off your men from chasing their Israelite brothers? Then Joab said, God only knows what would have happened if you hadn’t spoken, for we would have chased you all night if necessary.
How many times in our lives do we go after others who have hurt us? We may not literally chase them but what about our thoughts and our motives? Do we treat others in the same manner they treat us or how we want to be treated? Even better yet, how God calls and equips us to treat
them through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Dennis Fuqua explains in Chapter 9 of Living Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer Alive in You, the essence of forgiveness is releasing someone who’s guilty from a real debt. That’s what God has done for us and what He calls us to do for others. But there is a surprise to this releasing. When I release another person, I find that I’ve been released as well. My lack of forgiveness is a greater bondage to me than anything another person can put me under. An old proverb says, “If you’re suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive – lest there be two bad men.”
Dennis suggests that forgiveness is choosing not to retaliate. Some say, “I don’t get mad; I get even,” but both parts of that are flawed. As Christians, we are to get mad (Ephesians 4:26) but we’re not to get even. We’re always to forgive. Forgiveness removes the reason for me to try to get even with the other person.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Help us forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Prick our spirits when our actions are motivated by unforgiveness, may we be stopped in our tracks, lay down our unforgiveness and choose to pick up love. Thank You for the endless love You pour into our hearts through Your Holy Spirit. We love You, Father, and in Jesus Name, we pray, Amen!
Belief and Blessings,