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Have you ever thought about what happens when someone steals something from you? Have you ever considered how that makes a person feel? Or maybe you've been the victim of a violent crime. There has been a rape or murder in your family. You have been victimized. You have been taken advantage of. You have been hurt. Oftentimes this can lead to anger or frustration or even fear that it could happen again. Someone who you least expected to failed you and took advantage of you. Perhaps it was a stranger or perhaps a close friend. Either way you feel violated. You no longer feel safe. If it could happen to you , it could happen to anyone.
And yes, this is true it could happen to anyone, but its how we react to this that shows that we are a different people, a peculiar people. We view things in a different way. We aren't supposed to hold a grudge. It isn't in our Christian nature to hold a grudge against those who have wronged us , who have hurt us. With some of Jesus last breaths he said, " Father , forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34) Can we be that way? Can we say Father forgive them for those who have wronged us? If someone breaks into your home and steals your TV, stereo, vcr, all your video games, your computer system, can you say Father forgive them? No, most of us couldn't. We would be too bent on getting it back, on getting revenge on the one who stole it. Does not the Lord say "Vengeance is mine I shall repay?" (Romans 12:19) We are not supposed to let the sun go down on our wrath (Ephesians 4:26). We are supposed to forgive our brother even as Christ forgives us (Ephesians 4:32). Whether it is worldly goods or a life that has been stolen away we still are required to forgive. Forgiveness is the first step to healing.
If we fail to forgive them, it will work bitterness in our heart. We will start out holding a grudge and before long we have anger entered in and bitterness and before you even realize it, Satan has snuck in and stolen all your joy and all your Christian love and there is not a single fruit of the Spirit to be seen. Is this what you want to happen in your life? Is this the kind of witness that you want to put off? Do we want people to remember us as never smiling and never having a kind word because we are unable to forgive someone who has done us wrong?
Forgiveness is a very important part of being a Christian and something that we must always practice. Its not always easy, nothing ever is the first time. But the more you practice it , the easier it becomes until it is second nature.
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