The POWER of FORGIVENESS

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FORGIVENESS – When we forgive someone it means: to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); to give up all claim on account of; to grant pardon to (a person); to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one’s enemies. I don’t think any of us REALLY grasp the full IMPACT of the action of forgiving others for what they have done to us personally or otherwise. The TRUTH is that our act of forgiveness towards others is what opens the door for God to forgive us. When we CHOOSE to NOT forgive others it actually cuts us off from that forgiving flow of mercy God shows to us. Look, God’s overwhelming mercy to forgive us for ALL of our sins, shortcomings, actions, and attitudes is always flowing. However, OUR CHOICE to “forgive someone or not” is what ALLOWS or BLOCKS that continuous flow.

“Well, I simply cannot forgive or forget what that person did to me!” Yes you can. If not, God would have never told you to forgive others. He will never tells us to do that which we cannot do. The thing to do is CHOOSE to love that person the way you would love them if they had not done that thing at all. “Yeah, but they DID do it!” No, no, no….remember forgiveness is to give up all claim on account of; to grant pardon to a person as if it never even happened. So, if it never happened, it’s OVER, DONE, FINISHED. Love ’em like you loved them BEFORE it happened. Maybe these verses will help.

For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15 AMP)

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. (Matthew 6:14-15 MSG)

Finally, watch what Tyler Perry has to say about forgiveness.

You can do it. Remember, God’s LOVE abides inside of you. Allow that love to flow through you to others, even others that did you wrong. It’s a choice. CHOOSE to forgive and watch what happens in YOUR life.

I love you wonderful E-quippers like crazy!!!

In HIM,

Pastor Kevin

3 thoughts on “The POWER of FORGIVENESS

  1. You know Pastor Kevin…..every time that I get your devotions, you always uplift my spirits. God is definately working through you and my family and I pray for your family daily. All three of my kids (who HATE reading) wants to get your book the second that it comes out. I also have about 7 neighbors and friends as well. We pray for your ministry that God continues to take you to places that can touch more and more people. By the way..Ashley and Carter Borin from word of life fellowship in Bentonville, AR drive Pastor Matt nuts wanting you back for camp. You had a HUGE impact on their lives as well as Ashley adoring your wife. The Borin family love you all and want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to uplift us and many others.

  2. R.T. Kendall was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years. He wrote over 40 books, two of which are ‘Total Forgiveness’ and ‘How to Forgive Yourself Totally’. Although I have not completely read these books cover to cover, i would heartily recommend these books and his other writings as valuable resources.

    Making a life-long commitment to total forgiveness means doing it for the rest of your life. It’s not enough to forgive today and return to the offense tomorrow. Forgiveness is a covenant, and it may be necessary to renew that covenant daily. To give up all claim to or to let someone off the hook means that I resign myself to the knowledge that they won’t get caught and no one will ever know what they did and that they will prosper as if they had done no wrong. When I forgive, I begin to will this to happen and to pray for it to happen. Bittnerness isn’t worth it; peace is better. The only way to move beyond the hurt and go forward in life is through forgiveness. What if God only forgave and blessed me in proportion to how much I want God to forgive and bless them?

    Psychology commonly defines depression as anger turned inward. God has freely forgiven us, and yet we arrogantly refuse to forgive ourselves. Overeating and chemical addictions to drugs and alcohol are forms of self-medication to ease the pain resulting from anger and unforgiveness. Gen. 40:15 could be interpreted as an admission of bitterness and self-pity by Joseph, and he remained in prison until he was able to forgive his offenders – his brothers, Potiphar’s wife, and even God who let the injustices happen. To forgive from the heart, there can be no self-righteousness – we know wat we have been forgiven of, and we know what we are capable of. If we are indignant over someone else’s wickedness, we are either self-righteous or lack objectivity about ourself. When Joseph let go of the bitterness of the offense and the self-pity of the injustice, he was able to love his brothers, freely forgiving them with tears. You can make a friend for life by letting someone save face. Joseph took the burden of guilt off of his brothers – it was not you who sent me here, but God (Gen. 45:8). When we let someone save face, we are doing what is right and just, not being merely magnanimous and gracious.

    Forgiveness must take place in the heart or it is worthless. If we are willing to forgive only after knowing that they are remorseful for the maligning action or betrayal and are wanting to reconcile, then we may never have the victory. Jesus forgave immediately on the cross; if he waited for his enemies to express guilt or shame for their actions, He never would have forgiven them. If we forgive in our hearts, then we have confidence before God and can have inner peace no matter what else happens with that other person.

    1 John 4:18: There is no fear in love; but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears has not been made perfect in love. I’ve read that all emotions are derived either from fear or from love. Jesus wants a relationship with us where we are secure in His love, at ease in His presence w/o fear of punishment, and when we forgive, we will not want them to be afraid either. Bitterness, on the other hand, is an excessive desire for vengeance and comes from resentment – it leads the list of things that grieve the Holy Spirit. Bitterness is one of the most frequent causes of people missing the grace of God (Heb. 12:15). When the Spirit is grieved, I am left to myself and will struggle with emotions ranging from anger to fear. The absence of bitterness allows the Holy Spiit to be Himself in us, and I will become more like Jesus. When the Spirit is not grieved, He is at home with me. He will begin to change me into the eprson He wants me to be, and I will be able to manifest the gentleness of the Spirit. Relinquishing bitterness is an open invitation for the Holy Spirit to give you His peace, His joy, and the knowledge of His will.

    The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural, above and beyond the natural order of things. Totalling forgiving your enemy enables you to cross over to a supernatural realm. Loving an enemy and interceding for them in solitude defies natural explanation and is as spectacular as any miracle, even if no one knows.

    The message of the New Testament is Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. What impresses the world most is changed lives for which their is no naturl explanation. 2 Cor. 5:19

  3. I can not afford not to forgive when I take this parable into account…The LORD has forgiven me for too much to hold anyone unforgiven. Thanks for the reminder Pastor Kevin.

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