How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered Zambia!”
When you choose to reconcile with others dear beloved, you will never be held by regret. Regret will not have the power to haunt you anymore. Yes you sinned or failed others, but when you are forgiven after you apologies to all you offended, it brings joy and it’s a beautiful thing!
But there is another joy dear beloved, worth pursuing-the liberation you feel after forgiving someone who has deeply hurt you. When wounded people finally forgive,,the dark clouds part in their emotions and a breath of fresh air and sunshine rushes into their hearts.
Bitterness can hold any good man down. Guilt can turn the mightiest men into cowards. Both of these spiritual burdens result from failing to respond wisely to failure-bitterness from not forgiving those who have wrongedyou, and guilt from sinning against God and others ..you cannot be a faithful man or woman who walks closely with God unless you release the baggage from your past-both the bitterness and the guilt. If you don’t , life will be running a marathon with bricks in your pocket or driving your car with bricks in your hands. Bitterness and guilt will just keep adding unnecessary weight and waste our time and energy.
You should stop embracing responsibility, you must let go of yesterday. It’s hard to have a vision for what’s ahead when you are constantly haunted by what’s in your rearview mirror. That is why God is passionate nations about reconciliation and is in the business of bringing good fruit out of rotten situations. We fail and He restores. We confess and He forgives. The entire Bible is an unfolding saga of how God is powerfully redeeming mankind to Himself.
God is at perfect peace within Himself and He is not confused or ever panicking in Himself. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit are in complete unity within the Godhead. No bitterness, anger,guilt, or lack of harmony. Only intense love, joy, and peace. And each ofus has been created in God’s image, called to know Him and follow His example.
So as you and me pull up a seat to His table as a member of His family, we must line up our lives with the unity that is already in God. Ephesians 4:1-6 says 1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Yet we often sin, hurt others, and leave a trail of wounded lives behind us. When we withhold forgiveness for others’ sin, we keep relationships broken that could thrive again. But reconciliation is so important to God. He sent Jesus “to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His Cross” (Colossians 1:20). Through our repentance and faith in Him, we are reconciled to God and forgiven fully of our sins. Readcarefully what the book of Romans chapter five and verse one to five.
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,wea have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And web boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but wec also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Your death and my death does not bring reconciliation but the death of Jesus Christ only brought us reconciliation and His grace attains us peace. And now, as recipients of this amazing redemption to become men miraculously living at peace with God. God is calling you and me to join Him in His activities of peace making. God is counting on you and me as His “Ambassadors for Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 also goes on to say:
19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself,not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).
20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you]and be reconciled to God.
But the question nation is how do we do that? And how do we do it all unless we do the hard work of reconciling our own relationships with others-with our spouse, with our parents , with our children, with our distant relatives, with discarded friends, even with our very bitter enemies?
We need to become experts at learning how to quickly work through issues unlike being bitter with our friends. Bitterness will just bring you down ! yes, cause you shall carry unnecessary bricks in your back, hands and all over you leading you down. If indeed we die to our selfish selves, then bitterness shall fail to bring us down, for there is no working when you are down. When we die to ourselves nation, will be hard to offend and quick toforgive. We must quickly humble ourselves and apologize when we stumble. An apology does not demonstrate weakness but incredible maturity and strength. We should never let pride get in the way of doing the right thing.
In order for us to do this, however, God needs us to be at a place where we have no hatred toward another person and no anger still festering in our hearts. Peacemakers at peace. No bitterness with anyone, and no one who has reason to stay bitter with us.
Now let us face reality , is there anyone who has wronged you in the past that you have not fully forgiven? Any one?Hebrews chapter 12 verse 15 says to us clearly:
15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no“root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.
When we do not forgive, we throw other people into a debtor’s prison inside our heart. It’s like we are saying. “you wronged me, so I’m going to stay angry with you until you pay for what you have done.” But when Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray mountain moving,powerful prayers, He said, “whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions” (Mark 11:25)
Did you read that? He said to forgive “anything against anyone.” Jesus Zambia wants absolutely no bitterness in us, nor does He want our obedience to be dependence upon someone else’s.
others go to the grave without ever reconciling with others. Yes, this is so true that, your offender may already be dead, meaning you will never get the apology you always wished you could hear. But Goddoesn’t want their past sins holding you back in the present. He wants you to go ahead and forgive and let Him deal with them in His own wise way. It may mayseem wrong or unfair to forgive someone who does not deserve it and hasn’t asked for it, but there are vital reasons for doing so.
For example , strong relationships and marriages don’t happen because people never hurt each other. They happen because the people involved keep on forgiving. It is also true that it is impossible to go through life without getting hurt by someone at some point. Jesus said“offence must come” (Mathew 18:7 NKJV).But God in His mercy has set up what we call forgiveness.
Now while you are breathing, it’s time to get rid of the bitterness and reconcile one to another. Now that you are alive , you have more and all the time to make things right with every one you are bitter against. Remember God is in the business of reconciling nations to nations.
Finally , if you have not received Jesus in your heart , this is the only time you have to make peace with God, so you can have eternal life. Ask Jesus to come in your heart today and He shall gladly come…..
Go reconcile freely, shalom , shalom for now!
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