phesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Walking in faith is NOT something you automatically do. It is learned through sound teaching, deep study, life-long experience, and the exercise of a determined will that refuses to turn back from that faith walk. It requires a strong will that is anchored and committed to walking out the Word of God daily in your life. While I cannot tell you that I have succeeded at my every endeavor to walk by faith, I can tell you that as long as I have remained true to it, my God has NEVER failed me in the slightest measure. Our heavenly Father IS faithful.
In this series, I am writing about “forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” This is far more than a string of thirteen words. This is one of the most difficult commands anywhere in the pages of God’s Word. And it requires a faith commitment that is commiserate in depth with the difficulty of the command. Step one was to forgive; to simply let go of the offense and the offender, not so the offender goes free, but for the offended party to go free. Today we examine step two. This is the act of FORGETTING and offense that was perpetrated against you. And that, dear one, requires an enormous step of faith that you may have to follow through on for a long time.
When God forgives, the Scriptures declare that He casts the sin forgiven into the sea, never to be remembered against you. Another comparison is “as far as the east is from the west.” That is an infinite distance. That requires faith at a level that is not regularly seen in the world. We know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). And to achieve the level of faith we are describing will require your personal commitment to the Word of God as your constant companion. In this we see that step two in the forgiveness process is to FORGET the offense. There is NO natural means by which that can ever be accomplished. It will require you exercising your faith, calling things that be not as though they are until they become, and trusting the Lord to sustain you in that walk. Father WILL NOT fail you, but you must remain steadfast in your faith. Satan will see to that you have every opportunity to remember what was done to you. Every time such a thought comes to you, you must bring that thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. You CAN do it, and in that manner you WILL overcome.
Manna for Today – Ephesians 4:17-32; Colossians 3:1-17; Mark 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 7:20; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Ephesians 4:4; 2 Peter 1:10; Luke 17:1-10; 1 John 1:9; Micah 7:19; Psalm 103:12