Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bible Study: Forgiveness

Tonight was Justin and I's first night at our church's (EFC) "Life Group" Bible study. They do it every Wednesday night at a really awesome couple's home. Needless to say...we LOVED it! Especially Justin. He loves to talk, so a small intimate group of people, sitting around in a living room, talking about Jesus seems like a GREAT place for him to do his talking! Nothing makes me happier than seeing my family happy, and especially HAPPY FOR THE LORD!

can I get an AMEN!?

Now to the title of this post -

verb (used with object)
to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
to grant pardon to (a person).
to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one's enemies.
to cancel an indebtedness or liability of: to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
What does it mean?
  • Does it mean forgive someone for thier wrongs towards you? Your family? Your loved ones?
  • Does it mean love others as Jesus loves us, and see them as he sees them?
  • Does it mean to love those who hurt us, even though it goes against every human emotion we feel?
  • Does it mean forgive people for their past?
Well, it means all of these things, at least in my opinion. Jesus shed His blood upon the cross so that WE could be forgiven of our sins. Who are we to look upon our fellow man and judge him for his sins, when a sin is a sin. We are to love one another as He loves us. People aren't perfect, and we aren't expected to be...we are only expected to try our hardest everyday to live our life for the Lord. To be forgiven for our past, it only seems right to forgive others of thiers.

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (attitude: forgive because you love the Lord)
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.(attitude: loving and forgiving just like God forgave you)

A song that speaks volumes to me is "Forgiveness" by Matthew West. It's words emcompass all that is forgiveness. All that it takes, and how we, as humans with worldly emotions, feel about it.
It's the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don't deserve

It's the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just to real
It takes everything you have just to say the word...
And then once you do forgive, the way it can make you feel!
It'll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it's power can do

So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you.
Forgiveness, or the power to forgive really, doesn't come easy. It is something you have to work on EVERYDAY, but it is something i'm willing to work on, to be more like my Father. Made in his image, right? So why not try to walk in His path everyday.
God Bless ♥