Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 36)
Overcome: By Forgiveness*
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
But Jesus was saying, 'Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.' And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
Luke 23:34 (NASB)
How many tragic parent/child splits have followed these words? I'll never forgive you. What if the prodigal son's father closed the door to his heart with an iron-clad key? What if Father God closed the door to His Heart with a trip to hell in iron-clad chains? Instead, He sent His Son to break those chains.
And what if forgiveness could overcome Satan's schemes, including mean parent traps? What if God sees forgiveness as an act of surrender to Him as Chief Justice? What if our mercy toward kin (deserving or not) brings us countless benefits? Shouldn't we advance God's redeeming love?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The mandate of forgiveness is huge. By God, consider it tit for tat. We forgive others: He forgives us. For Satan, it's more like blind man's bluff. When we are blind to our own sins and condemn others without mercy, we walk off a cliff into a canyon of misery.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're way too cool to sing this old tune from the devil's damnable playbook. Instead, love and mercy are your themes. Play them at home and on every job. Your tone and pitch will be beautiful, turning torn hearts to God's Heart Surgeon.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion Series, Unforgiveness (7 parts): http://amtcdevotions.org/unforgiveness-part-1-leprosy-of-the-heart
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.