Forgive and Forget (Morning)
TODAY’S FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Matthew 6:14-15 “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Mary has lost his first daughter in a fateful incident. Charlotte was only sixteen at the moment of her untimely death. Her murderer, Beatriz was the same age as her. Mary was devastated. She cried all day long and wailing afterward. For months she attended trials and testified against her daughter’s killer. Her forgiveness wasn’t coming easily. When she looked at Beatriz, her anger erupted. Beatriz’s mother was closed and ashamed. It didn’t go well until one day, a pastor came into her house. The pastor wanted Mary to forgive Beatriz. She denied it. When finally Beatriz asked the pastor to let her wrote a letter to Mary, both Mary and the pastor agreed.
Mary remembered one in her 14 pages long letter she wrote: “I forgive you, I believe you didn’t mean to do it. Although there’s a price to pay for the choice you made” She felt a heavy burden suddenly been lifted off. She could attend trials again with ease. Right now, Mary Foley still visits her daughter’s murderer from time to time and encourages others to do the same, to forgive.
Forgiveness is never an easy task to accomplish. Especially if it hurts our deepest hearts. We may be allowed to get angry. But is it useful? Is it feel right to let emotion control your decision and life? If Jesus was able to forgive those who sentence Him to death, why we cannot do the same? God wants us to live happily and prosper not dwell in bitterness and sorrow. Let your anger and frustration out, then let it go. Forgive.
It’s justified if we choose to get angry, but He wants us to LET GO of disappointments.
1. Do you have any experience with disappointment? How did you handle it?
2. In your opinion, why He wants us not to be disillusioned and forget your disappointments?
3. After today, what do you have in mind to apply this rhema in your daily life?
“Jesus Christ, I am truly grateful for Your everlasting guidance. Merciful LORD, teach me how to have a heart like Yours, a heart without disappointments and full of forgiveness. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READING
1 Samuel 7-9