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I’m the One Who Needs Forgiven

Good morning, Father! I am so grateful that this has become a regular part of my schedule. I would ask that You would help me to never take it for granted but that I will always cherish our time together. And I think that’s what is foundational is that I cherish You! I have incalculable reasons why I should cherish You, I just need help realizing them. As Your Word directs, may I love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength!

Colossians 3:13 (<<click here)

Forgiveness – Lord, over my lifetime we have worked through so many incidents where I have needed to forgive. Most I can’t even recall but a few of them were huge! Being asked to step down from an associate pastor’ position with no reason given, being unable to refinance our home because of an employer’s comments, being encouraged to leave the nest of security in another associate pastor’s position to became a Senior pastor when I felt I wasn’t ready. In those situations the hurt, the confusion, the anger – they consumed my every thought it seems. In the heat of the moment, I was unable – make that unwilling to forgive. Together, You helping me, I have been able to forgive. Thank You, Lord, that I no longer have to carry that baggage.

And looking back, I am the better for the experiences I have had. Sometimes things just don’t make sense – we just have to move on. Sometimes people are just apathetic to our situations, but we just must press on towards our goal – and sometimes we are the problem. Many times people love us and want what is best for us but we are blinded by fear and uncertainty. When the dust finally clears we find we are the ones who need to be forgiven.

Lord, thank You for taking the hard times, the extremely difficult times of my life and using them to make me stronger, to make me more sensitive to the needs and predicaments of others, to make me more and more appreciative of what You have done for me.

June 22nd, 2015, Mon, 5:58 am

Forgiveness…continued

Thank You, Father, for a night of rest. May I find rest in You throughout today. May I be a vessel of Your rest for the weary around me. Amen.

Matthew 18:21-35 (<<click the green)

“…one little word should be so hard – Forgiveness”

But it is, isn’t it? According to my study Bible* in Jesus’ day, religious leaders said you only had to forgive someone three times. Peter, in today’s passage, thinking he was being generous, asked the Lord, if seven times was enough. Jesus quickly replied, “No, not seven times…but seventy times seven!” We’re not to keep track up to 490 occurrences but we are to never stop forgiving.

“…one little word should be so hard – Forgiveness”

One source I found online says that forgiveness, as a concept, appears 141 times in the Bible – 66 in the Old Testament and 75 in the New Testament. Jesus spoke of it frequently. In fact, when I looked back I wrote about forgiveness in regards to Jesus’ statements in Matthew 6:14-15 just six months ago (see Forgiveness – 01/24/18).

How many times has God forgiven us? Three? Seven? Seventy times seven? Yes…yes…yes…and millions of times times yes! There are days I surpass those numbers added together! Just me…no one else! Does God ever warn me of inching up on my quota for life? Nope…never.

A song I heard a few years back brought tears to my eyes because it hits home. And, surprise, it’s entitled “Forgiveness” and was sung by Jim Witter. I would encourage you to watch this video that someone made of his song – lyrics are included. I pray that the Lord will help me…and you…to live lives of forgiveness.

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

July 31st, 2018, Tues, 7:51 am

Wickedness

Father, at times life’s circumstances can be daunting. Things don’t go as we would like them to and sometimes we feel stuck but we are only seeing the here and now. You, Father, see it all – every possibility – all the way to the end of our life here on earth. I, at times, have to repeatedly lay it all at Your feet…but You know best. I trust You to do what You will with what I have to offer. Amen.

Matthew 11:20-26 (<<click the green)

I have heard it said in Christian circles that if our country isn’t made to pay for its rampant wickedness that God will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah for the destruction they received for their own wickedness. We are not told in Scripture how long God bore with their sin. We are not told how many times and in what ways He tried to turn them from their wickedness.

In Jonah’s story, we are given a glimpse of God’s concern for those who have nothing to do with him. The city of Nineveh finally reached the end of God’s patience (and I, from personal experience, know that his love is long-suffering – to say the least!) and called Jonah to proclaim His pending judgment. Jonah was less than willing, to say the least, but finally went and warned them of their pending doom. And God’s love won out. They saw their depravity and repented of their sins and God’s wrath was withheld.

How long will God allow us as a nation to travel down this path of wickedness? Only He knows but I will do my part to bring others into a saving knowledge of a forgiving Savior. Lord, give me the courage and the wisdom I need. I would pray for a burning sense of urgency…for the days are short and Your coming is near. Amen.

Apr 4th, 2018, Wed, 10:16 am

Bookends

Father, I am grateful that You are more than able to handle everything this world gives You to deal with. I am grateful although there are literally millions and millions of people and situations clamoring for Your attention, that You are here with me. I don’t have to wait in line. I never have to take a number. An angel has no need to put me on hold when I call. You are always here, by my side, as we walk this journey together. Thank You, Father – I couldn’t do it without You.

Matthew 9:9-13 (<<click the green)

When I read these verses, Lord, I see bookends. At the beginning of verse 9, You call Matthew to follow You as a disciple and at the end of verse 13, You speak of who You have come to call. You call an individual and conclude by clarifying all whom You are calling.

Matthew, the author of this Spirit inspired Gospel, writes of his first interactions with You, Lord. He does not hesitate to label himself as one of many “tax collectors and…disreputable sinners”, for that is what he was. He would by no means have considered himself righteous but knew he was a sinner. (vs13)

Once again the Amplified Bible fleshes out the end of verse 13 a little more, “I did not come to call [to repentance] the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to change], but sinners [those who recognize their sin and actively seek forgiveness].”

Graciously I was raised in a Christian home and though that may have given me an outward appearance of righteousness, to some degree, true righteousness was not mine until I acknowledged my own sin and sought forgiveness

Jesus called me from sin and then called me to service, first as his disciple and eventually into ministry, proclaiming His message to all that would hear. Oh, that they would heed his call. Amen.

Mar 6th, 2018, Tues, 6:24 am

A Tall Order

Father, today may I be a vessel used of You. All that I do and say, all that I have had a hand in, may it all be used by You to lift You up so others can see You more clearly. As John, the Baptist said of Your Son, “He must increase but I must decrease.” John 3:30 May this be my proclamation today.

1 Timothy 2:1 (<<click here)

I am called to pray, Lord, for all people”. This, obviously, is an all-inclusive statement and that is how it must be. As I think about the width of it, “all” includes a lot of people who don’t think like I do. It includes, literally millions who don’t think like You do! But You, very clearly call me to “ask [You] to help them.” You call me to “intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” That is one tall order! And the thing is that it is way more than people just not thinking like You do. They oppose You! Many deny Your very existence! But You called us to pray for them, to ask that You help them, to intercede on their behalf, to be thankful for them! Yes…that is a tall order but how can I do anything less. All I have to do is to look at our relationship – Yours and mine. Have I done anything to deserve Your love? No… Am I worthy in and of myself, to be accepted by You? No… The only thing that enables this sinner to stand in Your presence is that fact that I have accepted Your love and forgiveness – grace has been extended and gratefully accepted. (Thank You, Lord…)

Lord, help me to pray, and intercede and thank You for those who are not a part of Your family…yet!  And help me do it one person at a time, each and every day!

August 28th, 2015, Fri, 6:49 am