Testimony/Prayer for My Sister
Boy, I had it all together, living right, doing good, life changed, serving the Lord. And then someone said to me, "I see a chalkboard. It's been cleaned. The Lord has gone along with an eraser and cleaned that old chalkboard up real nice. There isn't even any residue. Only way up there in that left-hand corner, I see a chalky smudge. Your chalkboard is not clean until you apologize, until you make it right by saying that you're sorry, and that you were wrong."
My defenses immediately came up. She ruffled my feathers. "What about me? What about how I was wronged?"
"That's not between you and God. That's between him and God. But you were wrong, regardless. That's your spot. You're the one who has to answer for your own spots. Leave it there, if that's what you want to do. Or swallow your pride and apologize." OUCH!!!!! "Whether or not he even accepts your apology is beside the point. You have to apologize for what you know to have been wrong so that you can be free of it. And you have to mean it."
I don't think she thought I'd do it. I'm not even sure she realizes that the bout she's fighting with pneumonia right this second is a result of having caused an increase that the enemy is upset about. Yes, I apologized... as much as it hurt to do so. BUT, OH MY GOD, THE FREEDOM!
Listen up, devil. Get your hands off my sister, in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth! There shall be no evil or disease befall her. She is covered by the blood of Christ. She'll neither be forsaken nor defeated!
Thank You, Almighty God, my Refuge. Thank You for my Godly sister and the wisdom you instill in her. Bless her now, oh God. Raise her up and strengthen her mortal body. Quicken it and quicken her spirit as well. Let her be sure of Your presence and Your grace. In the blessed Name above every name -- Jesus, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.
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I have to agree with you and the others here. when we forgive we are the ones set free. Holding bitterness toward someone eats away AT US like a cancer. I had to suffer a while before learning this lesson. But what a blessing to learn.
Seeking forgiveness is difficult, asking for someone’s pardons goes against every fiber of our being- the fear factor. But, Oh, the liberations that you are rewarded with my being obedient. Greater testimony, wise sister. I will keep her health in my prayers. - Nancy
Love the 'picture' of the chalkboard, Joyce. One of the clearest I've heard...and it really helps me to see 'the smudges' I could otherwise ignore.
Oh, the freedom in forgiveness.
I learned this lesson through John Bevere's 'The Bait of Satan'. I thought at the end that I would NEVER be able to ask someone to forgive ME for taking offense at something they did to me. But, I did it and now I'm free. We're free to not sin! Hallelujah Jesus!