Let It Go

let it go

Because we’re sinners, vengeance is a natural inclination, so pray to God for the supernatural inclination to forgiveness. Mark Driscoll

We all have experienced unforgiveness towards someone. In Mark 11:25 Jesus instructs, “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

“But what if they don’t apologize” you might ask.

Forgive them.

“What if they keep doing it?”

Forgive them.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you act like everything is fine. That’s denial. It doesn’t even mean you overlook the offense or bless the offense. But it does mean you give up the inclination to vengeance and pass the matter up to God’s court for trail.

Because we’re sinners, vengeance is a natural inclination, so pray to God for the supernatural inclination to forgiveness.

The key to forgiveness is realizing how much I have been forgiven. The long list of sin any one of which had not Jesus paid for them, would have disqualified me from salvation and a relationship with my Creator. When I pray as David did in Psalms 139:23 asking God to search my heart it exposes my unrepentant sin and softens my heart towards others.

I can pray that God will change my heart and the heart of those who have sinned against me. Essentially “praying the gospel” towards those who have hurt and offended me.

Praying for someone means you love them, so praying for those who have sinned against me is a legitimate way of  obeying the Lord’s command to love our enemies.

When I pray for someone it begins the process of potential reconciliation if that is ever to occur. Forgiveness takes one person, reconciliation takes two. In forgiving I am doing my part and leaving the rest up to God and the other person. If I want to be in grace driven  relationships I have to pray God will give me the patience and power to forgive.

Jesus was our example to follow. In Matthew 5:44 He commands, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

In Luke 23:34 on the cross, where those who hated Him hung Him to die, Jesus prayed “Father forgive them they know not what they do.”

The truth is, we are all born sinners and enemies of Jesus. But for those of us who seek to follow Him, it is because Jesus prayed for us and forgave us that we are saved and loved, As His children it is only right that we do the same for others in return.

Thanks to Mark Driscoll for his insight on forgiveness…

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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