God loves us just the way we are, but He refuses to leave us that way. God’s love for us never ceases and we can never let Him down because we were never holding Him up. He doesn’t love us less when we fail and more when we succeed. One of the greatest ways we can show love to someone is in our forgiveness. Our memory of events is a blessing and a curse and when we harbor un-forgiveness in our heart, we become enslaved to that person. We must let go of our circumstances and begin to let God move on our behalf. When our actions are holy and just, we bring glory to the Father. In John 13:35, Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” In John 14:15, Jesus tells us, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” These two scriptures have tremendous relevance to each other. We cannot truly love each other as ourselves until we learn to love God and we can’t learn how to truly love God until we begin to obey what He commands. He commands us to forgive others so that we ourselves may be forgiven and while we cannot control all of our circumstances, we can control how we react to them. We can panic and do the wrong thing, we can become paralyzed and do nothing or we can pray and trust in the Lord to keep His promises.
Right now, make the decision to let go of any past un-forgiveness you might have. Our God is bigger than any circumstance and He is more than capable to heal any past hurt or pain you might have. When you begin to believe in God, you will begin to see miracles happen right before your eyes. One of God’s greatest commandments is “Do not fear” because one of His most frequent promises is “I am with you.” Our Master swears by His own name because there is no name higher. Begin to believe this and begin to put your faith and trust in the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, I want more than anything to have a closer walk with you. Help me to forgive others and enable me to feel your peace and love. Help me to live each day with a deep sense of your presence and help me to remember your promises. Thank you that You are a God of miracles. I pray you will do a miracle in my life today. Amen
Great truths Jeff! “…letting go of past-unforgiveness…” made me thing of a book Harry and I are re-reading together each day for our devotions–“The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere. We can’t have unforgiveness and a relationship with God. Those two are like oil and water–they just don’t mix.
Blessings in Jesus!