Easter Week 2017 - A Season of Forgiveness...

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

Peter was one of Jesus’s disciples, he was the fisherman that walked on water, and he was also the disciple that denied Jesus, when he claimed he would first die with Jesus than reject him. However, Jesus new that all this was going to happen, and he still chose Peter to be one of his disciples. This story shows that Jesus already knows that you are a sinner; he knows that you might hurt him, but the good news is that he is God, and he can take it. Even better than that he wants to forgive you for it, because he loves you!

The season of Easter is all about learning to forgive and one of the most instrumental things I have learned at 29:11 is forgiveness. I was not in a very good relationship with God at the time, I was broken, and relearning how to be in a relationship with Christ. One of the things that the Lord told me was that I had to start letting things go, I had to go out of my way to forgive people, and to stop bringing up the things that I had forgiven people for. Like, lets say that someone had stolen a piece of candy from me, and I forgave them later when I found out. Every time I would think about that person, I would think about the candy that had stolen from me.  29:11 taught me that forgiving was more than just stopping yourself from being angry, or resentful towards someone it, it was also giving your anger and hurt to God, and moving on from what has happened.

It soon came to my attention that I was not forgiving people as God would. When your heavenly Father sees you, he has already forgiven you, and while he knows what happened, he chooses not to remember it. So instead of saying, “Forgive and forget”, I like to say, “Forgive and remember no more.” To forgive someone as Christ would, is allowing Christ to take the negative feelings you might have towards him or her, but then also to allow His love to flow through you, and allowing yourself to look forward, and upwards to Christ, not at what has happened in the past. It is allowing the broken pain of unforgiveness to become whole through the forgiveness of what Christ has done. 

Further reading: Luke 22:31-34,54-62