…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
here’s a really great song, straight from the heart – “A Heart that forgives”
Colossians 3:13 (NASB, NLT)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
at times we let our emotions, our feelings get the better of us
we unconciously take things, incidents, attitudes, opinions, points of views
personally …. from our point of view only, and we somehow stop listening …
our small misunderstandings grow into disappointment, unresolved conflicts, hurt, offense, pain …
“its their fault”
“they are wrong, we are right”
“they’re never understand”
“we have a right to be angry”
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
take a moment,
…. relax … breathe
“Lord, help me …. to understand and not just be understood
“Lord lift me up from my hurt, disappointment, prejudice,
… Lord help me … to forgive”
all we need is to say …
… “I am sorry”
… “I know you are hurting”
… “Please forgive me”
… “I forgive you”
Let us come to the Lord, and receive His grace
… to let go … to release
… to forgive … to reconcile,
… and receive his healing, his restoration.
Love is a choice, a commitment, not a feeling or how we feel about someone. Choose forgiveness. Hurt people, hurt people (i.e. hurt others.).
Matt 12:32,33 (NLT)
Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘…. I forgave you that tremendous debt …
Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’
Psalm 147:3 (NLT)
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
Recently, I witnessed a dear friend receive physical healing of her acute and chronic back pain, immediately after she forgave all those who hurt her. When she got up from her knees, she suddenly realised the pain was gone!
Praise the Lord!
Matthew 6:12 (NLT), from the Lord’s prayer
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us
Luke 23:34 (NLT), when Jesus was on the cross
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.