Monday, April 22, 2013

The Power to Forgive

Matthew 9:6 (NKJV), "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"

I recently had an opportunity to be upset with some people who wronged me. These people do not realize it but I could very easily seek my revenge on them. I must admit---the thought of revenge was very appealing.

Without Jesus, I would seek revenge. On my own, I do not have the power to forgive such an offense against me. I would not only retaliate, but I would enjoy it immensely. Shocked? It is the truth. Without Jesus I am not a very good person. When it comes to being a better person, I cannot do it on my own strength.

Jesus, on the other hand, can forgive anyone. When they put Jesus on the cross He said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Lu. 23:34). We already know He had the power to forgive sins from our verse at the top. This means the people that crucified Jesus were forgiven of the horrible things they did to Him. If they did not make it to heaven, it was not because of what they did to Him.

The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." How can anyone take pleasure in infirmities?

I know two reasons. First---when the enemy tries to do me harm, God gives me double for my trouble (Ze. 9:12, Ro. 8:28)*. Next---when I do not have the strength to do the battle, I can tap into the power of God.

I spent years as a Christian and did not understand how real these promises are. It was after I began to acknowledge the presence of God continually that I began to tap into His strength. The people who wronged me were saints compared to those who wronged Jesus. There is no way I could have forgiven them in my own strength. But I do not have to. As I fellowship with Jesus, I lose the desire to seek revenge.

Jesus is real. His promises are real. Get personal with Jesus and tap into His strength.

Be blessed!
*For easy reference:
Zechariah 9:12 Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

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