Forgiven and forgive
Before you continue reading, listen to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d4m9f4Saps
..as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive. Col 3:13
Jesus forgave me, not because I deserved it, but because he loves me. He wants to bless me and see me saved to be with him and the Father from one eternity to another. Because of sin, my relationship with God was fatally damaged. Jesus fully assumed the whole damage. I was invited to admit my sin and accept forgiveness. This allows me to forgive others, not because they deserve it, but because I was forgiven. To forgive does not depend on how big, how often I was wronged; it does not depend on if the other person admits it or promises not to repeat it. It depends on what Jesus did with me. Now, my trust is stronger related to the attitude of the wrongdoer, as what forgiveness is.
- Can I make a difference between forgiveness and trust?
- Are there people whom I need to forgive? Even if they do not admit wronged me and will not assume any damage? Even if the damage is beyond any repair?
- Can I let go, even if I have to assume or live with the damage?
- Can I wholeheartedly pray that God may bless the person in all areas without praying about what God should change? (This can help mi test if I still hold a grudge.)
- Pray, that the Holy Spirit helps you recognize where you need to forgive.
- Pray, that God will show you again and again how great his forgiveness to you was and is, and let this be your first motivation to do also.
- Pray, that leaders in your local church and conference can wholeheartedly forgive each other and give place to a relationship with growing trust.
- Pray, that all participants who will come to Despertar will intentionally be open for the Holy Spirit to show them any unforgiven experiences and guide them to forgive and walk steps of healing.
- Pray for Ukraine that this war may stop.
- Pray for these millions of people dealing with losses, so many beyond repair.