Happy new month!
We are literally so blessed to be approaching the end of 2019, God has kept us every single day this year, no matter what the situation, God has blessed you with a new day. Your journey on earth is not over yet! There is still so much more in store for you!
Here at Masterpiece, our theme for the month of November is Forgiveness!
If you've read my last post you'd see that I spoke about what it means to forgive and the importance of forgiveness and we unpacked the definition.
However, as we spend the month of November, studying forgiveness and practising forgiveness, we often speak about it from the perspective of the offended party or the hurt party. We don't often discuss being the offender or the person who inflicted the hurt. So my question for you today is, Have you asked for forgiveness? Have you held yourself accountable? Have you held your hands up and truly apologised to the person you have hurt?
As christians, as much as it is important to forgive others, we must also hold ourselves accountable for our own actions and ask for forgiveness amongst ourselves. Regardless of age or status, if you cannot apologies and ask for forgiveness then there is too much pride present. A humble person asks for forgiveness, a proud person is quick to deny their actions and disregard the other persons emotions. This month, as we explore forgiveness, let us not forget to also ask for forgiveness. Most of the time, me included, it can seem quite daunting when asking for forgiveness, depending on the situation. Even depending on the person you hurt. You do not know how the person is going to react or if they will accept your apology. You can not heal their heart, only God can. But God also sees if you are truly sorry and he will take control over the situation for you. When you ask for forgiveness, leave the rest to God. So let's learn to seek forgiveness not only from God but from one another, so that we can all walk in love and unity.
Delaying forgiveness builds grudges and separation which leads to divide and hatred.
In James 5:16, the Bible says "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."
This is so important and powerful. The power of unity and community in prayer is constantly shown throughout the Bible, let us not lose that because of un-forgiveness.
The act of holding yourself accountable for your actions or words is so important because you are recognising your wrong doings, when you truly seek forgiveness God sees that an he forgives you. There is something powerful in true accountability. If you live in lies and blindly live as if you are blameless, it will not end well. As a christian, we need to learn and adapt to the behaviour of saying "My dear brother/sister, I am truly sorry for my actions towards you, I pray you forgive me." It is so important to acknowledge the effect our words and actions have on the people around us.
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone” - Colossians 3:13
I pray we continue to grow as a community, a tight knitted community where we can communicate with each other and forgive one another. I pray that stubbornness will no longer be present amongst us and the spirit of pride shall leave, In Jesus Name. I pray that God uses you to demonstrate His unfailing love and His forgiving heart. Bitterness and hatred will no longer have power in any relationship around us.