The Freedom Of Forgiveness

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Lamentations 3:22-23 – It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. (AMP)

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. (KJV)

Recently, it was necessary to dispose of my sister's personal belongings, and I was amazed at all the items which she had collected and saved during her lifetime. I came across two little exercise books, upon which she had written in later years the words, "aged six and a half." In my biased opinion, I thought my sister had done very well in her lessons of handwriting and arithmetic, and I also noticed that every page had been carefully used. As I held the little books, my mind travelled back to the time when I was a little girl and the great pleasure I experienced when I had been given a new exercise book. It represented a new beginning, a new start! The completed little book with its errors and mistakes was forgotten and thrown away.

Similarly, God, in His great compassion, has not only forgiven, but has forgotten our transgressions, and we who have taken the name of Christian can begin this new day with a new mindset, a new beginning, free from the burdens of yesterday's failures.

But with this wonderful forgiveness, we must also accept the conditions, which Jesus taught His disciples in the great pattern for all prayer:

Matthew 6:12 – Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (NIV)

Forgiving others who have hurt or harmed us gives us an added sense of freedom, releasing us from the encumbrances of the past. Although we are unlikely to forget, continuing forgiveness prevents the picture of past hurts from etching deeper into our hearts and minds, that we may experience freedom from bitterness. The most wonderful aspect of the challenge of forgiveness is that we do not accept it alone but in the power and strength of our Lord.

Prayer: Father, we thank You that Your mercies are new every morning. We thank You because You have a special attribute — one which can forget our transgressions, and yet remember the number of hairs of our head. We praise You and thank You for who You are. We approach Your throne in the authority of Your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.

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