Greetings in the name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
As Lenten Season approaches, I must confess to you that God has placed a heavy weight upon my heart concerning the topic of forgiveness. Last Sunday, February 24th, the sermon God gave me to share with His people was titled “Loving the Unlovable”. The focus of the message I delivered that morning, to those who were there, was on how we should love one another and forgive one another as members of the Body of Christ, even those individuals we may see as unlovable.
Jesus himself says to us in Luke 6:27-28, 31-33, 36-38b, what this is to look like. 27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you”. 31 And as you wish that
others would do to you, do so to them. 32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 36Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 37Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven. 38b For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Over the years, I myself have been convicted by these very words of Jesus. At times I had allowed my heart to be hardened towards other people in a way which made it difficult for me to love them, or forgive them, for some wrong they had exacted against me. In each situation God convicted me of my unforgiving attitude and He helped me to forgive the person whom I held a grudge towards. I can guarantee one thing for sure, it was not by my power, or will, I was able to let things go and extend forgiveness. It was the Lord working in me and through me that brought about this change of mind and heart. To God alone be the glory!!!!
In this newsletter I have placed a form that can be used to assist you, if you have a mindset of unforgiveness living within you, in working through the forgiving process. I would greatly encourage you to prayerfully consider making use of this document. God desires for you and me, as His children, to let go of the hostility we may have for our neighbor. And who is our neighbor; family members, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and even our enemies. Is it easy to love the unlovable or forgive others? No! Will it take our Lord’s help to do what He desires us to do? Yes! But be assured, God can make a way when there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for you and me. By prayer and petition lift your concerns and requests before God and then know He will answer them for His glory and your good. Trust in Him for He cares for you.
If you would like to talk with me about any situation with concern to this article or its content, I would love the opportunity to speak with you privately. Please feel free to contact me by phone, or in person, at any time. I am here to serve our Lord God Almighty and His people to the best of my God-given abilities. May God bless you and keep you in His care.