Forgiving is bigger than you and me.
Forgiving others as we have been forgiven no matter what, just like no matter what we have done, when we turn to God and ask for forgiveness He forgives us and separates it as far as the east is from the west, He puts it behind His back to never be looked at or used against us again. In the same way that it took Jesus’ sacrifice to reconcile us back to God and free us from the grip of the devil, it takes the Holy Spirit living in and through us to help us to be able to forgive no matter what “size” of a act, speech, … was done.
21Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”22Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.23If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” – John 20:21-23
I know as I have testified about the power of forgiveness and the freedom that comes from it that it wasn’t about how good I am but rather how faithful God is. I know as I have lived through the power of forgiveness that in my own power it was hard but when I asked God to come in and help He was able to take away the pain and the bitterness, the anger and the frustration, and replace it with joy, gladness and peace. It is so much bigger than what we can do in our own power, however, without the Holy Spirit working in and through us it would be impossible.
Is today the day when you will forgive?
Today’s Devotional: Receive the Holy Spirit and the Power to Forgive
22Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
God, I am willing. Breathe on me and fill me with Your Spirit. I choose to receive the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and forgive.
But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.”
In times of difficulty keep your spirits calm, so that you may be prepared to follow God’s lead in doing His work as well as your own.
Daily Prayer – From the Prayer Wall
Father, we come into your presence today asking You to quiet our hearts. Remind us to make it a priority to spend time with You even during this busy holiday season. As the Christmas season begins, may we keep our focus on You and not one the trivial things that so easily distract us. Help us to remember that this is the season to celebrate Your birth and a season of love, kindness, and peace. Amen.
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I thank You Lord for this new day and all that will be in it. I praise You Lord for a great night out with my wife and friends to surprise our wives with a date night dinner cruise. Lord, You make a way even when there doesn’t seem to be a way, You provide even in my lack, You are faithful even when I am not. Help me Lord to be more like You. Help me Lord to become more and more like You in the way that I think, the way that I act, and the way that I speak so that Lord in all that I do You may become more and more and receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.