We bring yyou the Part 8 of the series Everlasting Riches by Bro. Michael Amponsem of Emmanuel Methodist Church, Kumasi. Abuakwa
💦Heavenly Dews Devotions💦
Date: Wednesday 29th Sept., 2021.
Topic: Everlasting Riches!
Part 8: Forgiveness
Text: Col 3:13
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive (ESV).
Do you want to be rich in eternity? If your answer is yes, then learn to forgive because forgiveness brings everlasting riches. Someone once said that, “Of all the words used in the Bible—the word “sin” is the saddest, and the word ‘forgive” is the most beautiful. Yes, there is beauty in forgiveness. Forgiveness means “ceasing to feel resentment for wrongs and offenses done toward us.” It includes pardon and the restoration of broken relationships.
Forgiveness is the act of renouncing anger and ill feelings against others. The greatest forgiveness of all, is an act of God, by which He releases sinners from judgment, and frees us from the divine penalty levied because of our sins. But forgiveness is also a human act toward one’s fellow human beings. God’s forgiveness, because of the death of Christ in our behalf, is to become an incentive for us to forgive others who offend us.
In Matthew 18, Peter had learned from his traveling with Jesus that it is important to forgive, but surely, he reasoned, there must be a limit to how often we forgive! Jesus had just been talking about one brother sinning against another (Matt 18:15). Now, Peter asked whether forgiving such offenses seven times is sufficient.
Jesus’ answer to Peter, that is forgiving a person seventy-seven times seven clearly tells us that, forgiveness is supposed lifelong affair. We never stop forgiving because we are never going to stop being hurt, disappointed, insulted, etc.
We need to understand that, we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people. Disappointment, hurt and betrayal, whether intentional or not are part of the human experience. Hence, readiness to forgive others is a sign of being God’s children, and no limits should be set on it. The more we forgive, the richer we are in eternity.
Heavenly Father, I desire to forgive others even as You have loved me and forgiven me. I request that You help me to forgive those who offend me. In Jesus Name I pray, amen.
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