The Past

Recently, someone reminded me of another person's past sinful behavior.  The person speaking to me shared this scandalous thing as if it was unforgivable.  Without question, the sin was shameful, but was it unforgivable?

It's an interesting thing about past misbehavior.  We Christians say, that we are 'forgiving people.'  And...we are...if we really like the person who has done the wrong.  These people we can find the grace and mercy to forgive.

But...what if the guilty one has a horrible past, or we simply don't like them...what then?  Do we choose who we will forgive based on our feelings?

Hummm!  What if you are the one in need of forgiveness?

Should you be forgiven only if others find your sin forgivable or better yet...if you're likeable? 

I heard a sermon recently from I Samuel 30.  The pastor told the story of David making a bad leadership call that resulted in a town being burned down and people taken captive. 

By the time David and his men came to the town, it had been burned down, and their wives, sons, and daughters had been taken captive. 

Yup.  David messed up, but he didn't run away from his mess.  He faced it.

David was in great distress because the people in their bitterness said he should be stoned. (They were thinking of their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.)

This week, if you are harboring unforgivenss towards another...don't fuel those feelings.  I challenge you to stop reliving, replaying and even re-posting things that are not edifying to you or to the Body of Christ.

Instead do what David did.  He found strength in the Lord his God.

Here's another great truth....forgive as you have been forgiven!

Good bye past...hello future! 



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