forgiveness

Lessons Learned in the Minivan

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Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

It was challenging at best to get all five kids out the door each morning. They had places to put their stuff but someone had inevitably misplaced something just as we were about to leave. One morning I was yelling at them to hurry and get in the car. I then proceeded to yell at them all the way to school. By the time the last one got out I was bawling my eyes out! I said out loud, “God, why did you even give me these kids?”   

As soon as I the words left my lips I knew I was in trouble.

God answered me with a question, “Valerie do you love these children?”

“Yes sir, I do,”  I said. Now I was sobbing.

“And Valerie, do you know that love covers a multitude of sins?” he asked.

“Yes sir, I do,” I replied.

I then asked Him to forgive my angry outburst. Later that day, I asked the kids to forgive me as well. God in His merciful discipline restored me that day. Maybe you, like me, are in need of forgiveness today. Ask and you shall receive!

And there you go!

Open Your Eyes

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2 Kings 6:17 says, “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

The prophet, Elisha, prayed to God for his servant’s eyes to be open so he could see that the Lord was ready to take on the battle before them. This is my prayer for you today.

Are you overwhelmed with your circumstances? I pray God will open your eyes so you see His hand at work in your situation.

Feeling depressed and defeated? I pray God will open your eyes to His hope and unfailing love.

Are you discouraged? Perhaps bound by sin or unable to forgive yourself or others? I pray God will open your eyes to the healing that He alone makes available to you.

Oh my friends, look up! Lift up your head! Our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28b). If we will only let God open our eyes.

And there you go!

A Clean Heart

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Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

These words were penned by King David when he had sinned with Bathsheba, and Nathan, the prophet, confronted the king with his sin.

I often wonder if Christians see conviction and repentance as negative in today’s word. Sin is not much fun to talk about, let alone confess. We certainly would not want a trusted brother or sister to confront us with it. Why that would be judgmental, wouldn’t it?

But no, my friends. It is not a negative to face our sin, repent of it through confession, then turn from it and be forgiven. And a brother or sister in Christ pointing it out should be seen as a loving act.

Several years ago, one of my children did not want to wait for the walk sign at a busy intersection. She darted out right in front of a moving car. I caught her by the arm, pulling so hard I pulled her arm out of socket. She narrowly escaped being hit. Why would I do something that caused my child pain? Because I love her! I am sorry her arm was hurt, but her actions could have completely destroyed her!

That is what sin can do to you and me. Our response must be like David’s. We need to see it through God’s eyes and turn from it. Then we can have a clean heart and a renewed walk with God! How about let’s start the day out in just this way?

And there you go!

What is Following You?

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Psalm 23:6a says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”

Imagine someone following you around. Someone who causes you to feel unsure about things. Perhaps even a stalker.

Now, imagine goodness and mercy following you all the days of your life. For those of us who are followers of Christ, this verse in Psalm 23 teaches that surely both goodness and mercy are following after us.

Let’s take a look at both of these words.

Goodness can be defined as genuineness and moral excellence.

Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone when it is within the giver’s power to punish or harm.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am certain God’s goodness and mercy are following me around. His genuineness and forgiveness, rather than His punishment, are mine to enjoy. Aren’t you glad God does not pour out His wrath on us but rather His goodness and mercy?

And there you go!

Getting Back in the Game

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Matthew 6:12 says, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

This part of the Lord’s Prayer is a doozie! Sometimes I’m pretty slow about forgiving those who have sinned against me which possibly hurts them, but probably causes me the greatest harm.

After all, I’ve been forgiven. I should be quick to forgive. But when I’ve been hurt so deeply, I tend to justify my anger towards the person. It seems some wounds are so deep they never get healed. That may be because I don’t have the capacity to forgive as I should. Here’s the amazing thing, though. I don’t have to. I have Jesus living in me, and he will provide what I need to release my hurt. I’m learning to forgive with his help. I’ve come to understand healing is a process that may take time because some wounds have been there for awhile.

Healing can begin today. Is there someone you need to forgive? Do it now! It’s time to learn to forgive, and get back in the game. With Jesus on your team, the outcome is truly supernatural!

And there you go!

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