Did you know there is sin that God can’t forgive? Those sins are sins we don’t ask forgiveness for! Yes, God can forgive any sin there is known to man. We have to bring those to him & ask forgiveness. Otherwise, how does the Lord know we are truly repentant? I want to share with you a personal story about a conversation I had with a loved one. This is a story of repentance & forgiveness.
After much prayer &
faithful patience, (What I really mean is sleepless nights, asking, “Why Lord?”, what could I have done to prevent this?, what can I do to help this?, slight wringing of hands, shortness of breath, and did I say A LOT of prayer??) I had a wonderful, uplifting, repentant, tearful & grave conversation with a loved one about the Lord. This person had been out of church for some time. They came to the realization, things in their life just wasn’t right. They knew the only way to make it right was repentance. Finally, they bravely took that step to say I am sorry, Lord, please forgive me. Since that conversation ,this person has certainly been living up to a Christ-like standard. Just the other night I heard them say, “Things are so much better since I started back to church. Everything just seems easier. I am so much happier!” Isn’t it amazing the peace you get from letting go of the sin that weights you down? How many times do we keep ourselves from that happiness & peace? All because of our stubbornness & pride.
Psalms 32 is a wonderful explanation to what this disease sin does to you & how you can get rid of it.
Psalms 32: 3 & 4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
When we don’t admit that we have sin, we wear ourselves out physically. We lose sleep, we can’t eat, we worry, we stress. Wouldn’t it just be easier, just to admit our sin? You would think. I know personally,sometimes I get stubborn & try to dismiss things. Or I make excuses to myself about it. However, I should know by now, life is circle. What comes around, goes around. You reap what you sow. If I don’t confess my sins to the Lord, it’s not good.
Psalms 32:5 says this- I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
The Lord forgives me when I ask for it. So, it’s probably a good idea to let go of my stubborn headed, I can do this myself attitude & humble myself- daily. This means 1. having a humble heart to forgive others. 2. Having a humble heart to say I am sorry to others. And by all means having a humble heart to keep my mouth shut so that I don’t have to worry about number 2. Hurting feelings is like breaking a dish. Sure you can pick up the shattered pieces & put it all back together. No matter how hard you try to make it just like it was, it will never be the same. That’s no excuse for not trying to make things as right as you can. How can you ever be in a right state with God if you have those who you have hurt & are too prideful to ask for forgiveness? Jesus says you can’t.
Matthew 5:23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember your brother has something against you,
v. 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Pretty self explanatory. You do someone wrong, go make it right, so that you can stay in a right relationship with God. Or if you know someone has something against you, no matter if it’s your fault or not. Try to make it right. But if you can’t move on. Do not hang around to let those people drag you down in gloom & doom with them! Ya’ll, it’s just not worth it!
That is all I am going to say about forgiveness from others, in this article. I will post another time about what to do when you are at odds with others & you did nothing to cause it. Because Lord knows it’s bound to happen. Just keep an open line with God. We all need forgiveness. Each. And. Every. One. Of. Us. (Bless our hearts!) I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. You always brighten my day. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day. Make it happy! As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.