Friday, May 6, 2011

Struggling with forgiveness?

Is the mention of someone's name enough to get you gossiping or thinking bad about them? I know many people who have this problem with another person. If this is you - you are a sinner and are required by God to repent! But how do we repent? I would like to give you a practical example that comes from our Lord.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. [Matthew 6:19-21]

I was listening through an exegesis of this text recently - and I was wonderfully awestuck by the significance of this text. A man preached once that there are levels of bible teaching, and the deeper you dig into the verse the closer you get to true worship. I agree.

The verse above is about your ultimate treasure - that is abundantly clear - but does it mean we have no treasure here on earth? I would say no - we have things that are dear to us - and it is right to "treasure" these things as long as it is not our ultimate goal in existance, and we put God first.

So how does this verse help us with forgiveness? Well, like I said, we all have earthly treasure, and it is not supposed to be our ultimate treasure. The best way to PROVE your Christ-likeness is to give up that which is earthly for that which is heavenly, i.e. forgiveness.

If you have an issue with someone - that you seemingly cannot get over - give them something of value to you. Go into your house, find something that you value bring it out and give it to them as a gift. Or give them a portion of your money. Do this ESPECIALLY if they have wronged you. Tell them why you are doing it.

Let me tell you from personal experience - this really works. By investing your treasure into someone you do not like will immediately change your perspective of them. You will get over it by the grace of God in this act. At first I did not think this would work, but I thought I would try it for righteousness sake, and boy, what a blessing!

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