Psalms 103:8-10 “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. HE will not always accuse, nor will HE harbor HIS anger forever; HE does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
Though our pathway divides
and its cobblestones crumble;
where we fall, again rising,
then stumbling once more…
there Repentance is due
with heart-humbled Contrition;
lifting prayers sincerely
with Worship outpoured.
Then much lighter we’ll soar
having laid down these burdens.
Feel our SAVIOUR’s approval
embracing your soul!
So be whole — reconciled
to all others repentant…
for to such, HE commands
every child HE paroled!
As HIServant thankfully forgiven without the deception of Self-parole,
Devotional: Luke 17:3-5 “Watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to say, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” The apostles said to the LORD, “Increase our faith!”
I echo the apostle’s response! Don’t you?
Are you HIS child? Then HE paroled you as well as myself. So we sin, we repent, as CHRIST instructs. but where is the Body reconciling with us as Paul told the Corinthians in the 2nd chapter?
Why? Repeat offenses. That’s why the apostles were like, “Hey, I need more faith to do that!”
But! How do we address the command of 70 x 7 times of forgiveness? It’s not a constraint that after 490 times we can righteously hold a grudge and be unfair. So what is to be done?
Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”
Such completed circles of Repentance, Reconciliation and Rebirth then expands our relationship with each other to deeper levels.
At the same time, Pride, Contempt and religious superiority…(“I’m better than you” thoughts) contract, contradict and kill off threads of Heaven’s Fabric…injuring the Healing process.
Repentance precedes Reconciliation and this sequence is for us to follow through. Perhaps your experience is different.
However what I read through social blogs, Facebook and hear in daily conversations is that repentance is only a completed loop between the LORD GOD and the “offender”.
What about the “victim”? Are
they a hold-out? Are you? Is it different for them or for us
when that’s our role, whether intentionally or unconsciously played?
1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
What a hard subject! There are a myriad of “offenses” which few would willingly forgive someone. For instance, killing of a loved one, rape, child abuse, ongoing domestic violence, etc.
While I don’t have a corner on truth, let’s try to reason together with this for a fair answer. The “offender” is often heard to claim that the “victim” is a serial victim…always claiming “Foul!” Perhaps this is often true.
The same can be said by the victim pointing out the many times forgiveness was fully extended…only for them to be taken advantage of once again.
Even so, regardless which side we are on, we have to forgive. I don’t do it immediately and usually most don’t either. But the quicker we choose to, so as NOT to endlessly carry the cancerous internal damage of Anger, the lighter and better we feel.
The more peace we CAN comprehend. A growing and greater appreciation of HIS eternal parole of our souls then indwells us.
Such is the privilege of the Believer! The deeper I realize just how much “all my sins” cost CHRIST, the more I choose to serve HIM.
Yes, I fail and can run a far better guilt trip on myself than any other soul. But I take heart in what David said in Psalms 51:3-4.
“For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against YOU, and YOU alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in YOUR sight. YOU will be proved right in what YOU say, and YOUR judgment against me is just.”
So in keeping with HIS WORD, reconciling with each other is instructed and for the good of all. No one can keep a log in their eye and see clearly to remove a speck in another’s.
Therefore, Beloved! Repent, reconcile, reflect and repeat!
Amen and amen!