Monday, March 28, 2016

SPICE IT UP - THE HEALING/MEDICINAL SPICE

3. The spice that heals and is medicinal is FORGIVENESS.

That is a big one right there! Colossians 3:1313 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Forgiveness means choosing to show mercy to one who deserves judgement. We need to understand that due mostly to inherent human weaknesses, our spouses will offend us and rub us the wrong way from time to time. Most times this is not deliberate. So when you acknowledge that your spouse does not want to hurt you deliberately, it will be easy to forgive them out of compassion rather than out of feeling.

Most times, the problem with us is that we feel that our spouses (and even others) do not deserve our forgiveness. This thought arises chiefly because we think that they are not sober or broken, and so are undeserving of our forgiveness. Well, the truth is you are right! Forgiveness is never deserved! Never! That is what makes it forgiveness!!!
Forgiveness is a choice we make to show mercy to an undeserving person, refusing to retaliate or get even.

Forgiveness is all about you as an individual refusing to hurt yourself more because someone hurt you. See, unforgiveness hurts you more than it hurts your offender! Also, according to Mathew 6:15, it can cost you heaven! May I humbly ask you my friend, how important is that issue that you are holding on to anyway? If holding on to it holds the potential of sending you to an eternity apart from God, shouldn't you rather hand it over to God and seek His wisdom for the best way to resolve it? Please let it go! Choose to show mercy to an undeserving person. 

Matthew 5:7, 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercyLet me make this clear though, if the hurt being meted out to you is deliberate and borders on the health, life and survival of yourself or other family members, please seek help and protect yourselves as much as you can. Just make sure your heart is free of bitterness.

to be continued tomorrow...

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