Forgive and you shall be forgiven

Matthew 6:14-15: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Forgiving and forgetting the trespasses of someone, especially if that someone is close to you, is very difficult. It is difficult because it goes against our flesh. Our flesh keeps reminding us what they did to us, how they hurt us, and our flesh wants us to remind them what they did to us and how they hurt us. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.

I have for long struggled with forgiving someone close, someone that really hurt me. It made be bitter and hate that person to the core of my heart, but I have made a choice, by the grace of God, to forgive them and am asking God to help me forget that pain and their trespasses, as He forgave and forgot my sins. Holding onto a grudge, being bitter, only hurts us, the “offender” is often rejoicing and isn’t even aware what you are going through because of them. But God knows, which is why He wants us to forgive them and let go of that pain.

Remember, on that cross, Jesus, forgave the very people and all of us, who were the reason for His suffering, wounds, and death. He forgave us, and when He forgives, He wipes our slate clean and remembers our sins no more. Through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour – Jesus Christ, we are now made a new creation, the old has passed, behold all things are new. All we have to do is receive Him into our life and repent of ours sins and strive to be more like Jesus.

Yes, dear reader, let us learn to forgive our enemies and especially those near and dear ones who wounded us. Give your pain to Jesus, take it all to the Lord in prayer. Yes, it’s difficult for us to forgive, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us – Phillipians 4:13. Forgiving them will set us free, it will restore the joy of our Lord and it will only help us be more like Jesus.

Dear Father, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, He forgave us our sins and iniquities, so also, help us forgive those who sinned and trespassed against us. We cannot do this on our own dear Lord, you can, so please help us, give us the grace and power and enable us to love our enemies, to pray for those who have spitefully used us and grieved us. We ask this in Jesus mighty and precious name. Amen!

A Friend who sticks closer than a brother

Proverbs 18:24 – “A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

This verse is so clear and simply said, for those who need friends or are looking for making new friends. If you want a friend, you must first be friendly. “Do to others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6:31. However dear reader, remember this, no matter how good a friend you are or how good a friend you have, your earthly friend will not satisfy your soul, he/she will not and is not your source of joy, peace and happiness. God has blessed you with a good friend, but he/she may not, rather, will not, always be there for you, especially in your most desperate hours.

There is however a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is your 2 am, 3am, all weather Friend. He will never leave you nor forsake you. It says in Psalms 27:10, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.” He alone can satisfy your soul. He alone will make you whole, not your wife, not your friend, not even your parents, but Jesus alone can and will give you your hearts desire, and He alone can and will fill the void, the emptiness in your heart.

So dear reader, if you need a friend, or a companion, tell Jesus, and He will give them to you, but do not give to them what belongs to God. Know this, they will fail you and disappoint you, because they are also humans, but Jesus, is that Friend who will stick to you closer than a brother. He will never leave you, He will with you in the fire, to ensure you are not burnt; He will be with you in the water and ensure you are not drowned. He will bring you out of it all.

Before you go to anyone with your problems and worries, before you even share your joy and happiness with anyone, take it to Jesus first. Give Him the first portion of your everything. He alone can fill the emptiness in your heart.

Dear Father, thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who laid down in life for me, even while I was still His enemy, in due time, Christ died for me. He rose up again on the third day and justified me and made me blameless and holy in Your site. Jesus you are my Best Friend, and indeed a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. I need you alone Lord Jesus, and You alone can give me my hearts desires and You alone can fill the void and emptiness in my heart. Thank you for never leaving me, for being so patient with me, and for making me part of Your Family. To You alone be all glory and honour, now and forever. Amen!