Have you experienced those moments that you here something that triggers a memory and you think that MAYBE you should do something about that memory? Do you have those times when something is triggered several times, and you just KNOW that SOMETHING must be done about those memories?
I have had those moments for a while now. God sends me signs through many different avenues. HE will send it via morning devotions, podcast devotional, or even Sunday Sermons. I have had the same things said to me several times this week. God has directed me to reconcile with those that have strife. Why does HE have to be so persistent?
He sent me a sign through my Bible Study over I Corinthians 11. Which states that one must NOT take Communion if they have anything on their heart that harbors anger towards another. Verses 27-32; Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in doing so he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who drinks , east and drinks judgement to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and even dead. But if we judge ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. When we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
In a nutshell; be completely judging of yourself so that you can redeem yourself and you will not be judged. You MUST reconcile with those that have trespassed or you have trespassed against.
Then, I was listening to Pastor Rick Warren on his Daily Hope podcast and he spoke the same. His interpretation was excellent. He says the ball is always in your court. It is always your turn. So, you never give up on the reconciliation. You continue to request forgiveness or offer the forgiveness. You always turn your cheek and forgive those that trespass against you.
Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Matthew 11:26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.
Matthew 18:21-22 Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall I forgive him? Up to 7 times?” Jesus replied, “I do not say to you, up to 7 times, but up to seventy times seven”
Who, of you struggles with this? Who struggles with the ability of forgiving someone who has caused you harm and pain repetitively? How many times do we allow someone to cause us pain? These verses are not saying to allow someone to walk all over us or continue to be taken advantage of. We must set up boundaries. We must keep and protect ourselves. God does not say to be a walking mat for others to trample. We must forgive others, yet protect ourselves from further pain.
My prayer for each of you is that you not only forgive those that cause you hurt and pain but protect yourself as well. May you each be blessed.