OPEN HEAVEN 3 OCTOBER 2019 THURSDAY

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 THE CHARACTER OF FORGIVENESS

OPEN HEAVEN 3 OCTOBER 2019 MEMORISE: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. – (Colossians 3:13)

OPEN HEAVEN 3 OCTOBER 2019 READ: COLOSSIANS 3:12-15 (KJV)

12. Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13. Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

MESSAGE

GOOD MORNING BELOVED, 

 

To forgive is to decide to reject feelings or resentment between you and a person who has wronged you. This isn’t always easy, especially when a person has really hurt and trampled on you.

However, forgiveness is a mandate for Christians; no one can profess to be a genuine Christian and not live a lifestyle of forgiveness. Our Lord said to us in Matthew 6:15:

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

This verse clearly states what happens when we refuse to forgive anyone who wrongs us: we too will not be forgiven by our heavenly Father.

In other words, forgiving our offenders isn’t just an instruction to be obeyed; it is a matter of life and death for us because our sins are not forgiven, then we are doomed eternally. Unforgiveness is therefore not something to be toyed with at all.

As partakers of His divine nature, God expects our forgiveness to take on the character of His forgiveness. For example, the Holy Spirit says in Jeremiah 31:34:

“And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

This verse is telling us that forgiveness should not be temporary. In other words, when you forgive, God expects you to forgive once and for all.

READ ALSO FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM

As a child of God, therefore, you don’t see someone you supposedly forgave months ago and immediately feel resentment for that fellow. When you forgive someone, you forever let go of every hurt and pain that the fellow caused you.

Another character of forgiveness is that it takes just one person to forgive. Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation where the two parties involved are required to meet and make up.

With forgiveness, you don’t have to wait for the person who offended you to come and apologize for whatever they did. You have to forgive even before being asked.

Forgiveness is not about the fellow who offended you; it is about you and your relationship with God. Forgiveness is not easy.

In fact, it can be extremely difficult to forgive, but as a Christian, you are required to forgive, no matter how hard it is. Are you walking in forgiveness?

Has anyone offended you? Forgive them today.

Yesterday’s Links

Read – Open Heavens 2 October 2019

OPEN HEAVEN 3 OCTOBER 2019 HYMNAL: HYMN 5 – LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU

1. While passing thro’ this world of sin,
And others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

CHORUS:
Let others see Jesus in you.
Let others see Jesus in you;
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true,
Let others see Jesus in you.

2. Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skies,
Do others see Jesus in you?

CHORUS:
Let others see Jesus in you.
Let others see Jesus in you;
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true,
Let others see Jesus in you.

3. Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
And lead the lost to life and light;
Let others see Jesus in you.

CHORUS:
Let others see Jesus in you.
Let others see Jesus in you;
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true,
Let others see Jesus in you.

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