Forgiveness

Let’s talk about forgiveness!

My perspective is always growing on this topic. We probably face this topic on a daily basis.

How often do we just easily cut someone off or ignore them because they hurt us? I have been guilty of this but I had to learn and try my best to remember how Jesus forgave.

In Matthew 18: 21-22, Peter asked how often we should forgive:

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

This is how it should be when we forgive. A clean white, slate on our hearts for the person. Sounds pretty simple, right?

My understanding of forgiveness is that the first thing is that it is between the one who has been hurt and God.

Therefore, if I am wronged or feel as if I have been wronged… my first source should be God. Not the other person or the other person’s friend or even my friends or family. God should be the first to be contacted! I forgive because I want to be set free through Christ.

We as Christians should allow people to recover. Discern those around you who are genuine when they apologize.

Stop feeding into what society teaches us – That we need to fend for ourselves – simply by erasing people and celebrate the cut.

The reality is SOME relationships are worth fighting for. How often have WE betrayed Jesus and he forgave us? How often does He grant us new beginnings? After forgiveness- Know when to protect your spirit, know when to reconcile and restore. Peter had a bad day, Judas had a bad heart.

Ephesians 4:32 says:

” Be kind to each other, tender hearted and forgiving one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you”

So does forgiveness automatically mean we have to reconcile?

God grants us wisdom and discernment for moments like these. Reconciliation, though a desired outcome – is not a requirement. Forgiveness does not equal reconciliation. That’s right, I said it….. and this is something I had to learn the very hard way. But after reading deeper into the scriptures, listening to podcast (Lisa and John Bevere have a great one) and seeking wise counsel; I had to accept this truth.

Though forgiveness and reconciliation can be done together, they are two separate things.

Just because you are doing the expected thing as a Christian is not a green card for persons to do whatever they please and then to conveniently drop, ” What would Jesus do?” .Forgiveness doesn’t mean you allow the person to walk all over you each and every time. The best apology is changed behavior!

Each situation calls for self-awareness and self-evaluation.

Pray about it. I repeat. Pray about it.

Have you been convicted by the Holy Spirit? Not yourself …. But the true conviction of the Holy Spirit. (If you’re not being convicted on a daily basis it’s time to do a spiritual check up.)

Lord, did this agreement happen for me to step back from something? Do I need to forgive and MOVE on?

At the end of the day, forgiven people, should be forgiving people. Why? Because God has forgiven you!

❤️

The Graced Citizen

Short Faith Reminder

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

FAITH = Forsaking All I Trust Him

“For we live by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

When you walk with Jesus – your faith will be tested. The enemy will try to derail the plans God has for you. The enemy can’t destroy you so he will distract you by placing fear in your mind and sight.

Luke 10:19 says: “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.”

Activate your God given authority and armor up.

FAITH is not hoping that God can….. but know that He WILL. I know this is something we all struggle with individually at least one point or some points in our lives but we must remember WHO we are and WHOSe we are.

Walk consistently in His victory! The enemy wants you to do otherwise. Rebuke him and be faithful to Jesus. Faith moves mountains.

He never fails you yet…. never will.

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

Everything Has it’s Time

Ecclesiastes 3 (NKJV)

To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,

And a time to die;

A time to plant,

And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill,

And a time to heal;

A time to break down,

And a time to build up;

A time to weep,

And a time to laugh;

A time to mourn,

And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,

And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace,

And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain,

And a time to lose;

A time to keep,

And a time to throw away;

A time to tear,

And a time to sew;

A time to keep silence,

And a time to speak;

A time to love,

And a time to hate;

A time of war,

And a time of peace.

The Wait

Yes, the season of wait. The longest and hardest season period. Usually, the Holy Spirit shows us a promise and then we must wait for God’s timing.

But then our human nature kicks in, we want it now! God why would you show me this. No, I don’t want to fast and pray. You’re taking too long Jesus! * goes about and attempts to do it in our own will and might* —— completely fails ——- return to waiting on Jesus. Talk about impatience and spiritual disobedience!!

What a process! Reminds me of the children of Israel. Instead of waiting patiently – they complained, placed idols before God and tried to make things happen in their own time. Well, what could have been just a few days costed them 40 years of their lives!

The children of Israel walked in spiritual disobedience because they got impatient with God’s Promise.

When you walk in obedience, there is a commanded blessing over your life.

You should declare: ” I will not grow weary in my season of wait”

Exodus 14:14 says: “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

That simply means God already has it figured out and we need to remain calm and obedient to our now.

It’s in the wait season that you grow. It’s in this season you learn moment to moment. You learn how to make something from nothing. It’s a valley of the unknown meaning we have to learn to lean on the ultimate maker- God himself. It’s in this season you learn to become strong. The wait season brings the best memories that moment when you reach to your breakthrough.

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV says: “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”

Always remember there is a season after the wait season.

lots of love❤️

The Graced Citizen