Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist and REAL MOMENTUM Board Member
READ Ephesians 4:32
As a believer, having been forgivenand to be obedient, we have no option but to forgive. It is a choice, an act of our will. While it is the greatest need in all our lives, I’m sure you and I can put someone else’s name in need of forgiveness. The single greatest act we can ever receive or give is that of forgiveness. We need the grace of forgiveness and must extend the grace of forgiveness.
Our ultimate example in scripture took place on the cross (Luke 23:34). Just like Jesus, we must refuse vengeance and not forgive based on the other person’s response.
Forgiveness is a principle foreign to the world. Therefore, it is critical that, as a believer, we forgive as did Jesus, even to the point of loving our enemies. Believers must be different having the “mind of Christ.” Yes, the bar of forgiveness is high.
The prize of forgiving:
1. We resemble Jesus.
2. We represent Jesus well. (2 Cor. 5:20)
3. We restore rather than tare down. (Gal. 6:1)
4. We are obedient unto Christ. (Mark 11:25-26)
The prerequisite of forgiving:
1. Humble ourselves.
2. Consider others before ourselves.
3. Die to self.
4. Determine to forgive unconditionally.
1. It is easier to demand vengeance than to forgive.
2. When the offense is between believers follow the instructions in 2 Thess. 3:14-15
3. When treated unfairly it is easier to blame than to forgive.
4. Forgiveness is foreign to our flesh, represented by our pride.
5. Do whatever it takes to forgive, making no demands.
Enjoy the best; forgive the rest.
Dear Father, enable me to see those in my life needing forgiveness as once You saw me from the Cross. Help me to represent you well in how I receive and extend forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a principle foreign to the world. Therefore, it is critical that, as a believer, you forgive as did Jesus. #realmomentum