FORGIVENESS KEY TO LIFE IN GOD.
by Chukwu Samuel
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The Righteousness of God becomes evident in man, when man decides to forsake all the ways and pattern of this sinful world to follow the way of God based on the law as established through the Holy book which is our manual as a Christian. Man as a natural being is not worthy of the blessings he is receiving from the Almighty today but all came by His mercy through the death of one man that left his place in heaven to die for a sinful world like this.
In the book of Genesis, God proofed Himself as a true father, His faithfulness was evident, creating man in His image and likeness tells you that He desire that man should succeed in all ramification. He went ahead to put man in a wonderful garden with all the necessity of life just for man to operate in the realm of dominion and authority but man decided to choose his own way by disobeying the law guiding dominion and authority and right from then man became the shadow of himself. Right from that time wickedness of the highest order entered into the life of man and man became crueler in character and actions in dealing with his neighbor and every other thing round him. The wickedness of man became so much on earth that God almighty said he regretted creating man, but regardless of all these act God did not forsake man totally. He searched for a man that could bring man back to Him as his children, and then came Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The love of God was what brought Jesus to safe you and I- John 3 vs 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have a everlasting life’.
The love he showed you and I is the key to our living today. Ask yourself if God decides not to forgive man by sending Jesus Christ what would have happened to you and I today? Then what is forgiveness?
It is the ability to look down on yourself by allowing Christ to reign in all situations, it is when your right as a Christian is buried in the will of God. It is when your pride and ego is dead with the flesh, it is when your hands and legs are nailed to the cross with Jesus. It is when others may do it but you as a Christian cannot because of Christ in you, it is when the affairs of this world is dead in your life. It is when the offence of man does not matter to you again, it is the ability not to deny others of their benefit because of the wrong they have done to you or your family in the past, it is when you allow vengeance to be of the Lord instead of been of man, it is when you let go despite your right, it is when forgive and forget becomes a character in you and not a mere words from your mouth.
Know that God has the power and authority to destroy everything he created from the beginning including Adam and Eve based on their disobedient to the heavenly principle concerning the responsibility committed into their hands, also God would have destroyed the Israelite in the wilderness and make a nation out of Moses based on their complain and murmuring even after all God did for them but Moses said no, and God listened to him. Despite our sinful nature ungodliness, grievous character and abominable things that men do daily, God still find a place to show us mercy by sending his only son Jesus Christ to die for you and I then you have no excuse not to forgive who so ever have offended you on earth. I don’t know what ever your case may be, may be you have been sexually abused either through rape, incest or whatever kind it may be; know there is no excuse. Or no proper parental care or what so ever man might have done against you know that without forgiving them you cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Remember, you are a unique and special being before God created for a purpose but there is no way that purpose can be fulfilled when you are living outside the will of God, because any man harboring the spirit of unforgiveness is operating outside the will of God, it makes you to struggle in making reasonable achievement in the sight of God. It can cause spiritual deafness and blindness, limits your potentials in Christ, connects you to the wrong people, wrong location and wrong partners for marriage or problems in home after marriage, creates a hole for the enemy to strike and at that time God will be on holiday in your situation because the cord has been broken.
Unforgiveness is a killer and waster of destiny, dream and vision, it is a murderer of divine glory and it brings about spiritual and physical death when not addressed on time. You must live to fulfill your destiny, heavenly investment in you must not be wasted through this evil seed of the enemy called unforgiveness, you must stand up to confront it, challenge it and conquer it through the power of God. Anything that wants to hinder your divine agenda must be your upmost enemy and so that thing needs to get out so that you can shine in your generation.
Also know that you have an account to render at the end of your journey here on earth and it is the quality and the kind that you render that will determines where you are going to spend your eternity. Mr. death can come without notice so the earlier we reconcile our ways the better for us and mostly for our destiny.
Listen to this true life story of a sister, (Names are not their original names) There is a pastor I know called Pastor Tunde. Pastor Tunde had a very faithful and wonderful sister who was fervent in the Lord and very careering, she has a lot of people around her, she helps many as the Lord empowers her, people loves her and always want to be with her. Life was moving-on fine with her and everybody until a time that she went for her National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) then a tragedy befell her, she had a terrible accident that landed her on a wheel chair, she lost her spinal cord after all the effort, she has to spend the rest of her life on a wheel chair. As a result of this incident people deserted her and she was not having people around her like before again. Things change including the family members, as a result of this she became very angry with God and man, looking back at her service to God and care to man she became very bittered at everything around her. She was in this situation alone for good seven years, no friends, no relatives. One day pastor Tunde said the Lord told him go and see your sister, he said he was bothered but at the end he decided to go and see her. The man of God drove there the next morning to see her sister, he got there and the Holy Spirit instructed him to speak to her concerning forgiveness, he obeyed and the lady rededicated her life to God. She has to forgive God and all those she held in her heart, she did and the pastor prayed with her and left. Then around 4pm the same day the pastor got a call that her sister has died.
Brethren she had a second chance by the mercy of God to forgive so that she will not go to hell. Think about this; what is your situation like today, you need to forgive and forget because the next second you are waiting for does not belong to you, the owner may demand for it and if he does what account will you give.
Today is the day of salvation, reconciliation and re-dedication unto God, the God that remembered that sister despite she was angry with Him is available to take you out of every root of bitterness in your marriage, academics, career, finances etc but you must confess Him first. Remain blessed in Jesus name Amen.
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