From: Beside Still Waters
Another friend passed away this week. Life really is short, a vapor, each day a gift. We are stewards of the precious moments God has given us. He has entrusted us with the choice to either redeem each day to the fullest, or allow it to be wasted. While we don’t hold on to life, knowing it’s a rehearsal for our eternal home, we try to make each day count. The choices we give in to can swallow up our days, weeks, months, and years.
Yes, death does make one think about life.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children in this short life is to teach and show them about forgiveness. They will come to appreciate the power and necessity of forgiveness in their adult years, when the seeds planted early on begin to germinate. Several recent conversations with a group of women centered around the power of forgiveness, the fruit of His Spirit reflected in a surrendered life. We enjoyed the following verses:
“Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12). “If you Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3) “If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” (Matthew 6:15)
Rehearsing wrongs done is a tool the enemy uses to keep us from running the race with victory. Born again, yet bitter, can darken our light, and flatten our salt.
There is freedom in forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean one necessarily forgets, but it does mean the transgression, perceived or real, loses its hold. Joseph said to his brothers, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Joseph wasn’t going to lose one moment in unforgiveness. Because he didn’t allow himself to be blinded by bitterness, his vision was clear to see God’s sovereign hand. How easy it could have been for him to languish over the injustice of his treatment. Instead, he didn’t skip a beat, conscience clear, heart pure, he was available when called on in a moment’s notice to appear before the Pharaoh. His ministry in that moment, saved a nation, and greatly impacted the then known world.
Daniel too reflected the fruit of the Spirit rather than anger towards his colleagues. He chose to forgive, ears attentive to God’s voice, sensitive to others, including the heartache and shock of his boss King Darius who’d just been duped by his employees, inconsolable over the potential loss of Daniel. Daniel’s courage in facing the lions was matched only by his humility towards his accusers. Salt and light indeed into Darius’ dark world.
Jesus remembered what Peter did, predicted he would do it. He knew his frame, his weakness, his broken heart. His powerful words of forgiveness were very intentional when he said to Mary, “Tell my disciples, and Peter…”
Forgiveness is the work of God’s Spirit in our lives. We may find ourselves cautious or guarded around some individuals, but always forgiving. It’s because of His daily bread, our sustenance, that we make each day count during our short time on earth. Pain from the past, present, and future should be placed, must be placed in the ‘not to be wasted’ basket:) Like the Bible greats, let’s watch God use it all for our good, and His glory. God’s forgiveness to us is then ours to shower upon others.
“So teach us to number our days that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12