Aug 20, 2012

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Forgive By Faith


Asking For Forgiveness



I’m typing this post from my heart. It’s not to say that all the other posts I’ve written didn’t come from my heart. I just really feel the need to share this. I hope it helps someone…


“Forgive.” It’s an easy word to pronounce – just two syllables. So, why is it so hard to do? It’s almost like we want to hold on to the wrongdoing as though it will right the wrong, as though it will fix what was broken, as though it will punish the “wrongdoer” (you know, cause they deserve it)! But, truth be told, holding on to it does the exact opposite, and the only person that ends up paying in the end is the “victim,” you. The best solution is to forgive immediately!


So, how do you forgive immediately? Because, most people I know (myself included) are still mad “immediately,” and still hurt “immediately.” That’s why “immediately” requires faith. Romans 1:17 tells us that the just shall “live” by faith. In other words, those who have been made right with God (through Jesus) should conduct their lives and/or live their lives by faith.


It was by faith that you believed unto salvation even when you still felt like a sinner. It was by faith that you believed you were healed even when you still felt pain in your body. So, why would it be any different with forgiveness? Even when you still feel hurt, don’t let your feelings decide whether or not you will forgive. Make the decision to forgive, and believe it with your heart & confess it with your mouth.


Whenever someone wrongs you, it feels as though they’ve taken a piece of you (that’s why many people still want “an eye for an eye & a tooth for a tooth”). But, here’s consolation for those who decide to forgive by faith…

And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace (i.e. be quiet): but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they called the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. (Mark 10:46-52 NKJV)


Stay with me now. What made Bartimaeus’ faith so great? Well, in those times, a person’s garment identified their status. There were garments that identified a person as wealthy or poor, and Bartimaeus wore an outward garment that let others know he was blind. That’s why his faith was so great, because before he received his sight, he took off the clothes that labeled him as a blind man. And, you know what Jesus said to him?! “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” Okay, let me get to the punch line! When you forgive before you “feel like forgiving,” before the hurt feelings are healed, before your pride it recompensed your faith will make you whole! Your faith will restore what was broken when that person hurt you! There’s healing in forgiveness, so cast away unforgiveness by faith ASAP and walk into your wholeness! **G.I.G.**


P.S. – This is definitely something that takes work! I am still growing in this area, but I am determined to get better at it. God is too good for me to be walking around mad at somebody. LoL! Winking smile

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