I’m so thankful this morning that…
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” (Psalm 103:8)
~This is our God…slow to anger and ABOUNDING in lovingkindness.~
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:18-19)
~This is our Father…He DELIGHTS to show us mercy.~
~And as His child…it is my responsibility to forgive others as He has forgiven me.~
It all sounds peachy…~this grace and forgiveness thing~…until we’re the ones that have to give it out.
Here’s the thing. Jesus’ blood covers ALL of my sins.
ALL OF MY SINS.
He set the perfect example. He did nothing wrong…I did everything wrong…and He was rich in mercy and He was full of lovingkindness and He forgave me of all of my sins.
HE DOESN’T REMIND ME OF MY SINS.
HE DOESN’T KEEP AN ACCOUNT OF MY WRONGS.
So today I will remember what He did for me, and that is what will enable me to forgive others. HE is the One that will enable me to forgive others.
No matter what.
That doesn’t mean it will be easy.
But here’s what we need to do…
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-17)
Thankfulness will be the key to forgiving what seems impossible to forgive. A thankful heart…a heart that doesn’t stop singing songs of gratitude for what God has done for us will be able to pour out forgiveness when it doesn’t make sense.
So today I will choose to sing a continual song of praise to the One who paid it all on Calvary. I will sing that song of thanks and praise that will join in with the angels who praise Him continually…with the rocks that cry out when we don’t.
Father…YOU are RICH in mercy!! You are slow to anger and you delight in showing me mercy. How can this be? It is so amazing…I know that it’s true but nevertheless I stand in awe of You. I am humbled by Your love and by Your kindness that draws me to You. You forgave me for my sins…how can I keep an account of anyone else’s wrongs? Forgive me for holding back forgiveness…You never held it back from me. Help me to act like Your daughter today! Help me to act like You and look like You…even when it’s hard. I will praise You because You paid my debt and set me free. Thank You, Jesus. In Your name…Amen.
“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…”