Monday Morning Preacher: Forgive

The hardest thing in the world to do is forgive.  We live in a world that teaches us, “Vengeance is mine!” but God tells us something different: “Vengeance is His!”  And while I believe every single Christian knows this, understands this, and can explain why we should act like this…we all struggle with living it out in our everyday lives.

But then we must remind ourselves of one gut-wrenching fact:

How can we ask God to cast judgement and seek vengeance against those who hurt us, while at the same time, asking God to forgive and show mercy to us?

So many times we are in a situation like David.  The one who has hurt you.  The one who has wronged you.  The one who has caused you the most strife and frustration in life is vulnerable, unguarded, and open for attack.  And there’s even a weapon you can use laying right next to them.  And so in this moment, what are you going to do?  Will you wait for God to act, or do you take matters into your own hands?

Why was David a man after God’s own heart?  Even though he struggled and failed, he always trusted in the Lord.  He may have times of doubt, times of worry, times of fear, but at the end of the day, he would go to God, seek forgiveness, and trust in God’s way over his own.

The easy thing to do would be to pick up the spear.  Act like the rest of the world.  Take matters into his own hands and just finish Saul off to ascend to the throne.  But that wasn’t God’s way.  David’s sin isn’t excused by Saul’s sin against him.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.

So who are you holding animosity towards?  Who are you not willing to forgive?  Who are you holding a spear over, ready to strike in a moment’s notice?  Now think about how can you show them love and forgiveness this week?  What can you do to show them that you see them through God’s eyes and your love for them is unconditional?

My challenge for you this week is to just process through what you could do, but to actually do it.  Good intentions are meaningless if they’re not accompanied with action.  Knowing the truth without doing it isn’t following Christ and being obedient.  We’re only obedient if we’re willing to act, even when it may be the most challenging thing we will ever do.