Posted on Sun, Jul 13, 2008
There is healing in forgiveness. But from the view of our weak humanity, it is certainly difficult to forgive those who have wronged us with just a flip of the finger. Nevertheless, if we, for a moment stop to compare our situations with and reflect on the ill-treatments, pain and heartache that the biblical Joseph received from his brothers, such trouble as Joseph had makes any suffering pale by comparison. Joseph’s standard and example in forgiveness shames us all when we hold on to hurts.
It is difficult to name an individual in this world who has never been wronged and has had no moment of hurt. I think it is rare because wrongs come in different shape and form. And people are wronged and offended for different reasons. It should not be strange because offenses and pains are some of the tribulations against which
However, when the pains are inflicted on us, for how long do we allow them to afflict us?
There is healing in forgiveness. But from the view of our weak humanity, it is certainly difficult to forgive those who have wronged us with just a flip of the finger. Nevertheless, if we, for a moment stop to compare our situations with and reflect on the ill-treatments, pain and heartache that the biblical
When the hard time in
He so much knew that his seeming calamity were divinely orchestrated that he called the name of his firstborn Manasseh:- For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house Genesis 41:51 God was the cause of Joseph's forgetting. Not his own character, not teeth grinding effort, not mental self-trickery.
We must determine to forgive and put the offence in God's hand. Then - only then, will He extract the terrible pain from our soul. When the pain is "forgotten" from a memory, the memory of it becomes irrelevant. God can do this if you give Him the chance.
“God has made me forget” It might be a great human stretch to forgive such
heinous treatment. How could he keep his mind free of the terrible suffering? He said God made me forget. When we abandon the injuries on God, He alone is able to bear the hurts and free our minds from the ready intrusion of all negative remembrances of the injuries.
STOP AND THINK
God heals the soul of the one who forgives. To remember the incident is still possible but when the pain is gone, what matters the wrong?
“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
To forget the pain .is the miracle of complete forgiveness, and the fruit of God's grace. Forgiveness deeply imbibed
God, whose children we are, is the Father of unending graciousness. He will cause His face to shine upon you in His time. But we must be ready to forgive when offenses are inflicted on us, remembering that offenses and trials are to prepare and mature us for His work. Do not relent in your goodness amidst injustices or obvious depravity. He says “Can a woman forget her sucking child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me” Isaiah 49:16For prayers and additional spiritual help, visit us or call (718) 874-8411.
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