“When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:25
A middle-aged man sat in the pastor's office, nervously wiping perspiration from his brow with the back of his hand. "There is absolutely no way I can tell this to my wife," he said. "She would be devastated. She would never forgive me. I just cannot tell her."
He never intended to be unfaithful. When his wife's career soared, his had plateaued. It made sense for him to take over the responsibilities at home and with the kids while she traveled on extended business trips and spent long hours at the office. It wasn’t her success or huge salary that bothered him; it was his own faltering self esteem and loneliness. In a weak moment he let his guard down and his wife's best friend began to meet his sexual and emotional needs.
After counseling with the pastor, he went home and confessed his sin to his wife. He told her exactly what had happened and why. He admitted he was very wrong and assured her that his adulterous relationship with her friend was over. Much to his surprise, she forgave him, and they started all over again. This act of mercy came at no small cost to the betrayed wife, but it led to the restoration of the relationship.
God will help us extend mercy and reward those who refuse to hold on to anger and hurt. One of mercy's rewards is the intimacy we enjoy in our human relationships. Another reward is the intimacy we experience in our relationship with our Lord. Mercy is a powerful thing.
Your View of God Really Matters…
Do you feel unfulfilled in your Christian walk? Make sure you are not harboring unforgiveness or bitterness in your heart toward someone. It will rob you of joy. If you struggle to forgive others, make a list of everything for which God has forgiven you. It is often easier to forgive others when we feel how much we have been forgiven. Today, let God's mercy flow through you to others. In the process, you will be set free!
Read God’s Word Today…
Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, a well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
GOD, because You are merciful I will extend mercy.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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