Stop being mean, bad-tempered, and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving because you belong to Christ.
Ephesians 4: 31-32 .
I think about how I sat on the stand in the courtroom & the words “Flowed” from my mouth,”I forgive you and I’ll be praying for you”. I had just told the man that murdered my “ONLY” sibling that I would pray for him and “Most” crazy at that time was “I forgive you”. The same man that I wished death upon several years prior I was giving him forgiveness and promising “Prayer”. I gave my life to Christ when I was thirteen and “NOW” I know that the day I gave my life the Holy Spirit began to “DWELL” in me; therefore, the four years leading up to the trial the Holy Spirit was working in me DAILY. Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” All those years though I was NOT WALKING with Christ, He was always with me and He was preparing my spirit for that day. For fourteen years I had carried the mentality that if I can forgive and move pass the death of my brother then “I CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING”; however, I wasn’t giving God ALL the credit for what He had done. Two years ago(14yrs after the murder) God placed on my spirit what HE HAD DONE and I began to cry out in praise. I wasn’t just praising Him for my brothers death and how his death “BLESSED” me in a sense but I was praising Him for ALL that He had WALKED me through in the years that passed. God “SLOWLY” walked me through situations that I always tell people should have had me checked in to “St. Elizabeth”. BUT GOD….I SAID BUT GOD!!! Proverbs 26:24 “A man with hate in his heart may sound pleasant enough, but don’t believe him; for he is cursing you in his heart. Though he pretends to be so kind, his hatred will finally come to light for all to see.”
I felt such a release because I KNOW that over the years people could see the anger/bitterness/resentment I was REALLY holding onto inside and I praise God for releasing it two years ago. Today I have children of my own, that I encourage to “Stop DWELLING on others mistakes and DWELL on YOUR PURPOSE”. I have come to KNOW that through EACH trial God is MOLDING me into His image; therefore, I will be the woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt, and friend that He wants me to be in my TEMPORARY stay in this world. Today, I encourage you to be like Peter and don’t just forgive seven times but seventy-six times. Our heavenly Father calls us to work actively toward forgiving others and restoring broken relationships. Today people do things to me that I KNOW are lead with evil intent BUT I receive it, pray for them and MOVE ON. God knows ALL; therefore, He WILL deal with them in His time..I just stay FAITHFUL. You see the enemy is the author of CONFUSION so WE all will encounter it in SOME way DAILY BUT WE have to CHOOSE our WALK & stay IN OUR LANE. When you ALLOW anger/bitterness/unforgiveness to DWELL in you, YOU have been conquered by the situation/person your facing. Today THRU CHRIST CHOOSE to forgive because God WILL give you a PEACE/JOY that NO ONE on THIS EARTH will understand. Mathew 6:15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Today DEFEAT the enemy and FORGIVE….
Forgive ” Thru Christ”
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