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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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March 19, 2013 - A Channel of His Mercy

By Ron Johnson

Someone has said we serve the "God of a second chance." I would like to correct this impression. Whoever made this statement was being extremely shortsighted. In truth we serve the God of another chance. I am grateful for this because there are many times that I need more than a second chance; I need a third, fourth, fifth. …

The Word of the Lord tells us, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22,23, ESV). What a glorious, comforting thought that the mercy of God never comes to an end and is renewed with the dawn of each new day.

A negative perspective of our Heavenly Father must change. God is not out to get us. He is not sitting in heaven anxiously looking for an opportunity to rain fire and brimstone down upon us. He is infinitely more interested than we realize in saving and delivering us from ourselves and the troubled world in which we live.

Jesus expressed God's desire when He said, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him" (John 3:16,17).

Within our natural selves, we stand under condemnation. We are guilty, and deep within we are aware of this fact. This is the root cause of our inner turmoil. The solution to our guilt is found in the forgiveness God offers. We must realize God is not interested in condemning us; it is His earnest desire to save us from ourselves. Jesus said, "The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10).

Human patience comes to an end. Our mercy runs out. It's hard for us to comprehend the ever-renewing grace of God. The fact is, we carry grudges. If we're offended, we have the tendency to hold on to it, nurse it, and repeatedly play it over in our minds until we seek revenge or retribution. Instead, we must let it go, forgive, and move on.

When we forgive someone, we make the decision to walk in God's love and to no longer hold the offense against our brother or sister. However, we cannot accomplish this within our own strength. To truly forgive, we must open our heart and receive God's forgiveness. This in turn enables us to forgive ourselves and those around us. When we do so, we open ourselves to the continual flowing forgiveness of God.

Jesus prayed these words: "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" (Matthew 6:12). The apostle Paul helps us understand Jesus' command when he writes, "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" (Colossians 3:12-14).

Under the New Covenant we are enabled to forgive because we have ourselves been forgiven. Let's make the commitment to walk in the ever-renewing mercy of God and to allow ourselves to be a channel of His grace to those around us. Let's make a commitment to walk moment-by-moment in the forgiveness of God.

If we will receive the forgiveness of God, we will then be enabled to forgive ourselves and those who offend us. We will then be a channel of God's mercy to a lost and dying world.

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.

 

 

 

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