Tuesday, October 30, 2012


HAVE YOU EVER HELD ON to something tightly for a long period of time that when it came to letting loose of the item you had to literally peel your fingers open?  I have found myself in that position a couple of times, usually when bucking up a cord of wood. After a few hours of chainsaw and maul wielding the fingers seem permanently bent. You almost have to force your hand back open.

What is true in regards to tools in our hands can also be true of grudges and hurt feelings. Our Lord Jesus urged His disciples to forgive as they have been forgiven. (Mark 11:25) And if we fail to forgive, then we will be hindered in experiencing the full blessing that comes to us as we are forgiven of our sins in and through the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. (Colossians 3:13)

Just like using a maul all day long can cause ones hands to cramp up, so does our unwillingness to forgive. In fact, the longer we wait to forgive the more difficult it becomes. It is good to note that the main part of the word “forgiveness” is “giveness.”  I know, it’s not really a word, but I think you get the idea. If you desire to know forgiveness you must first give something away. In line with our illustration, we need to let go of the very emotion or feeling on to which we have been holding. We need to loosen our grip.
We must let go of our rights, our grievances and even our pain, in order to freely forgive. This is in part what the Apostle Paul was addressing in Philippians 2:1-11. He calls us to have the same attitude that was found in Christ Jesus; that even though He was God, He gave up the rights therein so that He could become our forgiveness. (Ephesians 4:32; Acts 13:38)

I suppose we could see a simple three-step process. First, let go of your rights and grab on to Jesus. Second, let go of your hurt and grudges. Third, give that which you are now able to give because of Jesus; forgiveness, for in doing so you shall know more fully the forgiveness that is yours in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Come on, let go!

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