Psalm 130:3-4 reminds us:
If thou, Lord, shouldest mark our sins, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Reconciliation begins when we forgive those that have trespassed against us.
For it is also written:
For if you forgive others (for) their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others (for) their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Jesus acts as the prophet by way of reminder of Psalm 130:3-4. This prescriptive text provides the reader with the proper perspective…Sin, forgiveness, and our limitations as fallible humans. Moreover, we all have sinned against the Holy and gracious God…and everyone is accountable for our actions.
Continuing our conversation on forgiveness and the bridge to reconciliation, we previously discussed struggle to forgive. We sited Joseph’s remarkable response to his brothers after they conspired to fake his death, leaving him in a pit which resulted in him being sold into slavery.
Today, the struggle to forgive is as it always has been; and though some of us have the benefit of Christ as our mediator, we continue to be challenged. Our ever present sin nature assures us that it’s better to remain in a place of hurt and self-centeredness; and in that place, we’ve resolved to resent the offender. Especially if the offender is clearly wrong. For many of us, it’s easier to stay there and keep the status quo.
As I walk in the Narrow Way, I’m grateful. This journey of maturity and sanctification continues to provide insight and wisdom that is breaking the fallow ground of my heart. Praise God! On the other hand, these lessons are becoming more difficult. Answered prayers are coming to fuition and I’m coming to fully understand the seriousness, weight, and size of sin. Unbeknownst to us, much of it is encased in pride. This sin is no different. Choosing not to forgive is a great evil and breaks the heart of the Father, for which I was chastised. In that chastening, a choice was presented to me.
The Choice: self-centered thoughts verses a more intimate relationship with God and God’s people. I chose the latter.
When resolved to hold on to resentment, it effected my fellowship with the Father and how I connected with Believers. Trust was always an issue.
God is not pleased with this way of thinking.
He has already provded atonement for the sins of mankind so that we may be reconciled to Him; and, in turn, we should extend that same grace to others, especially toward the household of God.
What is the practical application?
For those who are sincerly struggling to be free, please understand without the benefit of God’s wisdom through Christ, you will continue to be tormented because satan has full control over your soul (Eph. 2:3). I beg you to repent of your sin and believe the Gospel. Without God’s Spirit and a regenrated heart, one cannot understand true wisdom from above, which is the only wisdom that is perfect!
Friends, we must be aware of the “little foxes” and resolve to:
- Trust Elohim to be the one who will balance the scales of justice, He IS the perfect judge.
- Pray daily for a heart to reflect Eph. 4:30-5:2 and die daily,
- Starve your flesh and feed your Spirit with the Word of God. Eliminate elements of your life that will not add value to your sanctification, and
- Walk in humility. Don’t think for a moment that we cannot slip and fall into pride and presumption. The struggle is real.
Lastly, the atoning blood of Christ is for all who believe and nothing shall separate us from the love which He so lavishly laid upon us! Therefore, resolve to honour all men. love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King! To forgive today is tomorrow’s reconciliation.