Accept and Give the Pardon Freely
By Marlys Norris, Christian Author
Throughout our lifetime every one from time to time makes huge mistakes in relationships. Most often what has been done or said has been an impulsive reaction to something. Numerous causes such as illness and stress can cause someone to react unfavorably. When this happens, how do we once again reestablish and reconcile ourselves with others and especially our relationship with God?
We must remember that unless we forgive others (and ourselves, for an unkind act) God holds us accountable and He is not pleased with us, therefore He withholds His forgiveness of us. It certainly would be terrible to enter heaven’s door without God’s forgiveness. God’s Holy Word states, “For if we forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you forgive not, men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Mat. 6:14-15) Those words should cause us all to take proper action to correct our impulsive reaction and be restored into God’s unconditional love, grace and mercy...
One may never forget the incident but if they have been carrying a grudge against someone, wanting or planning to get even — Don’t!–Instead, confess the sinfulness right now and let God take care of it. After all, a lack of forgiveness is dishonoring the God one claims to be following. Let’s not be a hypocrite and be reunited and reconciled to God’s family. God’s instruction for such a happening is “Vengeance is Mine (Let it be and God will take care of it); I will repay, said the Lord.” (Romans 12: 19) His words indicate, “if” one chooses to let-go of the grudge and forgive God will teach them and He will take care of it the right way! Gods Holy Spirit has a special way of helping all of His children to find a deeper meaning to everything.
God does give second chances — but one will never hear Him ever say “I forgive but!”. The “but” indicates to the other person, that there is not a sincere forgiving action involved in one’s efforts to make things right again. He expects the same “unconditional love” to be exemplified from us when we have developed the character of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ...
Living in right relationship with God, our Heavenly Father means we forget about our self pride and any discomfort to do the right thing. If we claim to love and appreciate Him our relationship is much more important than anything that took place! The Holy Bible tells us to be reconciled to all men/women, therefore we cannot just ignore the incident, and with God’s direction we must take action.
Marlys Johnsen Norris
Award Winning Author
Book: Recipes for a Happier Marriage