Bible Passage for Meditation: Colossians 3:12-17
Key Verse: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13
A few months into Bible studies with my Adventist friend, I could feel God calling me to make changes in my life, changes for Him. One change I made was to remove body jewelry. While I liked my jewelry and thought it looked good, I learned that God didn’t want me to have piercings (Leviticus 19:28).
However, when I took my final stand and the last piece of jewelry was removed, I could tell Satan was angry, for two days later an old boyfriend showed up at my door wanting to talk. He claimed that he wanted reconciliation for the past and the chance to make things right, but actually he had come to gain entrance to my home (which I naively gave him) so he could assault me.
As a result of this tragic incident, I was angry at God all over again. Here I had just made a new surrender to Him. How could He allow this to happen to me?
For a time, I was a victim and was determined I would never forgive. Thankfully, I’m no longer a victim to my past, for God has given me a heart transplant. He has given me a heart of forgiveness toward the one (and ones) who hurt me. My prayer now for those who have hurt me is that they will be touched by the One who has forgiven me.
Has something hurtful ever happened in your life that you find difficult to forgive? Are you a victim to something from your past? Forgiveness is not something we can manufacture. It’s a gift that comes from God. But if we hope to go to heaven, we must have a heart of forgiveness for our fellow man—that includes those who don’t know better, and those who do, such as fellow Christian brothers and sisters who wrong us at times. Forgiveness is extremely difficult toward this latter group, but Jesus will give us this heart if we ask. What freedom true forgiveness brings!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Heavenly Father, create in us a clean heart, and take the heart of stone from us. Although we want to be like Jesus, we are human and so very weak. As we continue praying for our church, give us forgiveness toward those who have wronged us. You tell us that if we can’t forgive others, You cannot forgive us. So please forgive us for holding back this gift. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guide us in the way we should go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Kat Taylor
(Kat works full time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)