“If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9
We don’t expect pastors to be filled with hate and resentment, but that’s just how a pastor of a large church felt about the lay leaders of his previous church. They had done him great harm and he set out to get even.
One day, however, after hearing a message on God’s love and forgiveness he faced what he had become; a critical, mean and self-focused Christian. It was time to practice what Jesus preached, or get out of the ministry.
Tears of repentance were followed by tears of joy. He was forgiven. He had forgiven. One more thing remained.
He went to visit the church leaders whom he had hated. He told them that he loved them and asked their forgiveness; they responded with joy and Christian love. This dear pastor returned to his second church with a heart burning with love and zeal for our Lord.
If pastors can get caught in the trap of an unforgiving heart, so can you and I. No matter your vocation, refusing to forgive will eat you up and rob your joy.
To receive God's forgiveness like this pastor did, first agree that your sins are wrong and that they grieve God; second recognize that God has already forgiven your sins through Christ's death; and then third repent – ask God to help you change your attitude, which will result in a change of action.
Don’t wait. Your relationship with God and with others won’t be right until you do.
Your View of God Really Matters …
Have you allowed resentment or bitterness toward someone who has hurt you to drive a wedge between you and God? By faith, you can experience God's forgiveness even today. He is merciful and He will help you extend mercy.
Read God’s Word Today…
Proverbs 28:13 “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
GOD, because You are merciful I am forgiven in Christ and You will help me forgive others.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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