Forgiveness

I have a guest writer today. G. Elizabeth Moore gave this Inspirational Word at our service Sunday morning which was a blessing to our congregation.hearers. 
I know this word will be a blessing to you too!

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive 
you:"  MATTHEW 6:14 

To the point and simple, right? Well to the point yes, simple, not so much!

Forgiveness is HARD!  It is not easy to give up our right to be hurt, to be 
angry, have to need to get back at or hate the other for what they have done to 
you. You may have had terrible things done to you by someone you loved and 
trusted. You may have even lost a great deal because of someone's action. I 
know for myself I've lived the forgiveness fight.

The Bible tells us the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph was sold 
into slavery by his brothers. Joseph went from slavery to prison, and then to a 
place in Pharaoh's court, and finally to being in charge of all Egypt, second 
only to Pharaoh himself. When the famine drove his brothers to Egypt, Joseph 
then had his brothers, his enemies in the palm of his hand.
Just before he revealed himself to forgive them, we are told he went to a place 
of solitude and wept so loudly that the whole palace heard it! By their 
standards at that time, he had the right and the power to kill them, but 
instead, he embraced them, but is was not easy, it was hard for him.  Joseph 
says to his brothers: "But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant 
it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save as much people alive" 
Genesis 50:20

We are able to forgive because God is in charge. We are also able to forgive 
because God takes even the things that were meant to hurt us, and He uses them 
for good, if we let him. IF WE LET HIM!
We must forgive from the inside (the heart) and bring forth love in obedience to 
Gods Word.
We must forgive those who have hurt us: because our own forgiveness hinges on it.  
If we can not forgive, then we do not have love in our heart.  When we refuse to 
forgive the bitterness grows like a cancer within us and eats away at us, 
causing stress and illness and a great lack of joy. Whether we like it or not, 
the only therapy for this cancer is the surgery of forgiveness!

When we refuse to forgive, we allow the sin that was committed against us to 
hurt us twice; once when we were first sinned against and again by keeping us 
from receiving God's forgiveness.

Jesus lets us know that if we refuse to forgive, then we really haven't grasped 
our need for forgiveness, or how much God has forgiven us, and thus in our 
pride, we have not truly repented, and God will not forgive us. 
BUT WHEN WE HAVE OUR EYES ON THE CROSS, AND THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT JESUS 
WENT THROUGH IN ORDER TO FORGIVE US AND CLEANSE US FROM OUR SIN, IT BECOMES 
PRETTY MINOR TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HARM US TODAY,
Amen? Amen..........
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