If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.
At the Foot of the Table
Can you have love without having compassion? I mean, if you love –
love like Christ loves – doesn’t that mean that you have to be compassionate?
Compassion. Saying “I am part of this. I will listen. I will love,” that’s compassion. Saying I will journey the road with you, that’s compassion.
Providing a listening heart, that’s compassion.
Superiority – now, that’s not compassion. Feeling and acting superior
to someone is not compassion. And neither is spiritual superiority!
Coming to the table with a heart that’s saying “I’m better “ instead of
“But by the Grace of God” is not compassion. “I’m better than you.”
Oh, how that hurts. Oh, how judging that is.
Oh, how Jesus’ heart must hurt.
In Kairos we strive to love, and compassion springs from that love.
Not our love, but Christ’s love – Agape Love. And, in that loving, if we
will sit ourselves at the foot of the table instead of at the head of the
table, we will discover anew the meaning of compassion.
What is God saying to me through this Word?
Who do I need to forgive?
Prayer Focus: Hearts that have been hardened, so filled with the poison of bitterness and resentment that they can’t forgive.
In the Lord's Prayer, because languages are rarely able to be translated word for word, "forgive us our debts as we forgive others..." could also be translated as, Our Father... help me to forgive others the way You, my Father in heaven have forgiven me.
The forgiveness of others and our ability to accept forgiveness from ourself and others is vital to our spiritual health. It is through our forgiveness of others that we are able to receive being forgiven. It is by the standard we measure others by that God measures us. God does not hesitate to forgive us, no matter how many times we have repeated the same sin.
The mercy and grace Jesus has shown us no matter how often, how big or terrible our sin, He always forgives us, never holds it against us or brings it up again in a condemning way. In receiving this complete forgiveness from God surely we can find it within ourself to forgive the wrongs done against us, whatever they are. God does not say this is easy, He does say to do it and with His perfect love in us and over us this is possible.
Forgiveness is the result of perfect love. The beginning of both mercy and grace is forgiveness. Once we begin to realize how much we have been freely forgiven for, we are more able to forgive others.
The greatest gift we can ever give someone or receive is true forgiveness.
Forgiveness opens us up and helps us stay healthy in body and in spirit. While not being able or willing to forgive we turn within ourself and become unhealthy both physically and spiritually. It is one thing to pray for an answer to a need and completely another to be an answer to the prayer of someone else.
Forgiveness is a mature trait of godly character and reflects the complete and perfect love of our God in us. Forgiveness is always given from the heart in word and in spirit not just by our spoken word. We can open up a whole new world for someone, including ourself, by dying to our self-centered nature and letting God’s Spirit work in our life as He transforms us, healing us from the hurts and the internal scars we carry.
When we have truly forgiven a person for a wrong they have done, most of us will never forget being wronged. However, what does go away is the wound caused from the emotional pain we experienced from the knowledge of the wrong that was done. We are still able to recall the incident, but the emotional pain is no longer attached to the memory.
From what I have been told, this is much like a mother who has experienced the pain of giving birth, somehow after it is all over the pain is not what is remembered, but the love for her newborn child. This in no way diminishes the pain of childbirth, it is just incidental to the memory of the miracle of bringing a new life into the world.
May we all let go of the wounds from our past, live in the present and look forward to our future with anticipation. May the Holy Spirit heal all of our hurts, body, soul and spirit; giving us a fresh vision for our life and a healthy respect for the life around us.