"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
My fellow believers, bitterness and a heart that refuses to forgive offenses are not characteristics we should indulge or in anywise cling to as we traverse this life with its pains and sorrows. It does not matter how flagrant the offense or how deeply we feel the betrayal. God wants believers to have a heart of love, one that is able to put the past behind, truly forgive and move forward in Christ. We cannot allow Satan to use facts such as having been given up for adoption by birth parents, having no relationship with our father, having been molested by our mother’s boyfriend, our mother not believing or supporting our cry for help due to abuse, losing out on a promotion to a colleague who is having sexual relations with the boss, etc.… to stop us from obeying the word of God and thereby please God who created us and saved us through faith in Jesus. Yes, the pain that offenses and betrayal can cause is all too real. This same pain can impact our lives to the point that not only are we suffering but we are causing others to suffer right along with us. Why bring others into our misery? Indeed, why damage present relationships due to refusal to deal with unresolved rage or otherwise neglect to deal with the root cause of any present anger issues? Remember, God desires us to be loving and forgiving.
Devotional reading for this week: Psalm 55:12-14 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. (KJV)
Matthew 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (KJV)
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: Why should we not be surprised if we are betrayed? Why should we expect to suffer offense if we are living righteously? What are some ways in which we can offend others? How can holding on to bitterness ruin relationships? How can unresolved rage manifest itself? How can I know I have truly forgiven someone? How is forgiveness liberating?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, let no root of bitterness be in my soul and bless me always to forgive those who trespass against me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.