Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 71)
Pardon Without Measure
For Your Name's sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
Psalm 25:11 (NKJV)
If you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Matthew 6:14 (NASB)
Then Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?'
Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.' Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants...
Matthew 18:21-23 (NKJV)*
I'm not sure if all followers of Christ open the parachute called forgiveness. Because if someone has suffered a fall (caused by the cruelty of another), but doesn't grab hold of the Lord's rip cord, injury will be added to insult. Therein, he suffers additional harm.
What could prevent the use of this lifeline? The one that saves us from a bigger fall? The one that allows us to walk away and continue to live a joyful life?
1. The victim doesn't know God or His Word, because His Word and Example are clear: We're ordered to pardon without measure.
2. The world encourages unforgiveness. Hatred, complaints, lawsuits and vendettas are embraced, glamorized and publicized.
3. Satan, the world's temporary ruler, makes unforgiveness seem reasonable, because he wants to increase suffering.
4. Satan, man's prosecuting attorney, prods us toward rulish record-keeping: to rehearse and remember every wrong.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You possess remarkable stories, where you've experienced unfair blows, but display such overwhelming joy... people can't help but pause and ask: How?
Consider your talent to perform as a means to attract attention to your personal triumphs through Christ. Your ability to live in peace despite aggressors who have harmed you brings glory to the Man named Jesus. His unmatched actions of forgiveness, reflected in your own decisions, cushion the impact of every fall: enabling you to land on your feet and emerge brilliantly unscathed.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mat+18%3A21-35&version=NKJV
* Previous 7-part AMTC devotion series, Unforgiveness: http://amtcdevotions.org/unforgiveness-part-1-leprosy-of-the-heart
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.