I am often reminded of the Scripture where Peter asked Jesus, 'How many tines must I forgive my brother his trespasses, seven times" and Jesus answered him," unto seventy times seventy," in which He meant, an infinite number of times. Forgiveness is not for the other person, it is for you! Often times the person who has sinned against, or offended you, has completely forgotten about the incident. they have moved on with their life! However, when we refuse to forgive and let the offense go, we are the ones who suffer from high blood pressure, stomach problems, backaches, cancer, and other physical and mental ailments. Unforgiveness is like a cancer. It can spread throughout your body, infuse you soul and affect your spirit.
It is true that some people are just difficult to love. When they hurt us, it takes some of us a long time to recover. the hurt and pain is especially daunting if it is done by one who we thought was a friend. The wounds of a friend or family member can be devastating. We expect our friends to be loyal and faithful, to stand by us through thick and thin. It is not uncommon for the enemy to place or send somebody in your life that works diligently to gain your confidence and trust, only to betray you and treat you with contempt in the presence of others.
The Psalmist David knew such people. He writes about them in the Scriptures. Those whom he confided in, went to the Temple with him , ate with him, and slept next to him. They wound up betraying him. They rose up against and turned on him. Instead of rewarding him with good, their reward was to plan evil against him.
In Psalm 35 he talks about how differently he would have treated his accusers or enemies. David says, "When they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting' and my prayer would return to my own heart. I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother."
David infers that he had good reason to mistreat his advasary, his accursers. This person or persons had evidently gotten a taste of his own medicine. they fell on hard times and perhaps became very ill. There is a reason the Lord says, "Touch not my anointed, and do my prophet no harm." David discusses how he did opposite to the way he was being treated. He prayed for his enemies. He fasted and paced the floor, treating this person as if he were a beloved friend or brother. He should have be angry, ready to avenge his enemy. But he showed them compassion and mercy.
In the midst of all the ungodly treatment David received, he still gave thanks and praise to his God. in verses 17-18 he goes on to say: "Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions. My precious life from the lions. I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
Sometimes we don't even know who the enemy is? What do you do then? The enemy is so slick. He or she is the one who as my mom use to say: "Throws the rocks and hides their face!" You have to ask God for discernment, because not everyone who goes to church with you, sits on your pew, prays with you every morning, or sits on the pulpit wearing a robe, is a fan, confidant, friend, or loyal family member. People will shake your hand, kiss you on the cheek, wink with the eye and hate you without a cause!!!
But do not fear and do not fret. God sees it all. We must not hold it against them. They are only doing what they were sent to do. We cannot fight fire with fire. We must forgive and keep it moving. The Lord said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." We do not have to fear what man will do to us. As long as it remains possible, we are to try to be at peace with all men. We must forgive, that is not a suggestion by God, it is a command!! If we do not forgive, then our Heavenly Father will not forgive us our trespasses, in fact He will not even hear us when we pray. (Matt. 6:14-15).
Did you notice I did not give you the Scripture reference? Lol. Goggle it! It is in the Book, the Bible, that is!
David was a man whom the Bible said, "was a man after God's own heart." David wasn't a perfect man, but he had a perfect heart towards God. Whenever he sinned, he would repent and turn from his sin. He Loved the Lord, loved his laws and his statues. After the Prophet Nathan exposed his sin with Bathsheba, Uriah's wife, he repented before God. Psalm 51 is the prayer that he wrote, confessing his sin to Jehovah. We know that he was sincere, God heard his prayer and forgave him. But the child that was consummated from that affair, was not allowed to live. Saints there are consequences for sin. Yes, God is a merciful God, but to be sure, "Sin does have its consequences!"
Fortunately, we have one, the man Christ Jesus, who paid the penalty for all of our sins. We don't have to sin or at least remain in our sins. When we are sincere and ask the Lord to forgive us, the Word says: "He is faithful to forgive our sins....(1John 2:9). I heard Bishop Jakes say that: Jesus stopped dying long enough to say: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34). He did not want one charge of sin left on his account. the reason is, Bishop says, is that Jesus knew He was going to be getting up in three days, and He didn't need the enormous weight of the world's sin to hold him down, keep him from getting up just as He said He would. Maybe that is why the Apostle Paul wrote in the Book of Hebrews 12:1 :"Lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets or ensnares you."
Sin is a weight. Unforgiveness is a weight. Why not lighten up and let it go! Chickens are grounded, don't be like a chicken! Eagles fly! Some glad morning when this life is over, I'll fly away...... You can't fly if you are weighted down with sin and unforgiveness. You have to tell yourself, "I'm not going to let these offenses keep me from getting my wings."
I hope this frees someone out there in cyber land this evening.
Have a Blessed Night. Hey You!
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!