Tenth Avenue North:::The Overflow Devo:::Day 2

 

Scriptures:

  • Luke 23:34
    Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

    And they divided His garments and cast lots.


  • Luke 11:4
    And forgive us our sins,

    For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
    And do not lead us into temptation,
    But deliver us from the evil one.”
  • Colossians 3:13
    bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

Summary:

  1. Have you ever stopped to wonder why forgiveness is so hard? Seriously. It’s such a pleasant ideal in theory, but in practice it’s the quite possibly the hardest thing to do on the planet. Why does it seem so down right impossible? Why does it feel like losing?
  2. Well, I guess that’s because it is. To forgive someone you do have to lose. Whenever there’s injury, someone has to live with the pain, and to forgive means you accept it, and the offender goes free. Even though you’re not at fault, if you’re going to turn the other cheek, you have to absorb the pain so that you don’t turn around and inflict the one who hurt you.
  3. if Christ said to forgive the very men who drove nails through his wrists, and the same power that flung Him from the grave lives in us, then surely, surely He can give us the power to lose, so that our aggressors weapons are rendered useless.
  4. Remember who you are. Remember how you have been forgiven. You’re only going to feel like you have the right to be bitter if you think you’re better than them.
  5. “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because Christ has forgiven the inexcusable in us.” -C.S. Lewis

 

Annie ♥

 

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