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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 9, 2010 - Forgiveness

By Danny Cheney

Do you forgive and forget? It is inevitable that people will wound and hurt you. It may be a spouse, a fellow church member, a co-worker or anyone else you come in contact with. But what do you do with those hurts?

Many people allow hurts to fester within their spirit and never overcome the resentment they feel toward others. At some time or another, every one of us has experienced some deep hurt that affected us tremendously. It made an open wound that either made us better or bitter.

Hurts are a fact of life, but how we handle those hurts determines the joy in our life. How many people sit and mull over the things that have been done against them? When we harbor bitterness it contaminates our soul and will eventually spill over into the way we treat others. Bitterness will kill joy in our lives.

Jesus understood this principle and gave us the prescription to overcoming the wounds of life. The Bible says that He was in all points tempted like us yet remained without sin (Hebrews 4:15). One of His closest disciples denied Him. A disciple He mentored for three and a half years betrayed Him. He hung on the cross overlooking the sea of humanity that mocked Him, spit upon Him, ripped the beard from His face and beat Him nearly to death. As He hung on the cross with them hurling accusations at Him, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34, NIV). Could you pray that prayer?

Jesus not only left us His example, but also His command. He said we must forgive. If He can forgive, then so should we. “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14,15). Forgiveness is not optional. We must forgive others.

You might be thinking, “You don’t understand what has happened to me. I have been wounded too deeply to forgive.” Your hurts may be legitimate, but you still have to forgive. Your being forgiven of your sins depends on your releasing forgiveness to others.

If you take the step and ask God to help you to forgive, He will. Do not allow bitterness to rob you of the joy in your life. By releasing forgiveness to that person, you will open up a channel of refreshing into your life. Take that step of forgiveness today.

— Danny and Sonya Cheney pastor Rogers First Assembly in Rogers, Ark.

 

 

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