“If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near, yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’ if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen, and the house that I have built for your name,” 1 Kings 8:46-48
I’ve spoken about a door that continues to swing open. A door that slowly closes but hasn’t quite shut. A door that has just a tiny sliver of space that remains, not completely allowing it to shut. At one point I thought it was shut when I gave everything up to God so He could do His will in the situation. In my heart, I truly believed the the door was closed, I have found that God hadn’t locked it yet, the sliver still remained.
I’ve spoken of forgiveness many times. How hard it is to completely forgive. How hard it is to forgive the pain. How hard it is to forgive someone you love for the pain that was caused.
Yet, this is the purpose of what our Lord did for us… to forgive us our sins. The pain He must have felt, the unbearable pain…He did it all for us!
“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” ~ Isaih 53:5
If Jesus can do this for me, for us… then I can do this! Thank you, Jesus! I can forgive completely just as Jesus forgives me all my sins. No one is perfect… I for one am not! Yet Jesus forgave my sins. He cleansed me with His blood! He saved me and I know that I walk with Him in eternity. Oh, how exciting that day will be!!