Day 16 Monday January 23
Search me O God in the area of forgiveness
Read Jesus in Matthew 18:15-35 Ephesians 4:32 Colossians 3:13
God’s Purpose: Remove Guilt & Restore Relationship
Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for, to grant relief from payment of, to cease to feel resentment against. Forgiving: allowing room for error or weakness.
God’s Forgiveness: a commitment to pardon graciously those who repent & believe so that they are reconciled to Him.
Repent – turn around in actions and attitude….to change behavior as a result of a complete change of thinking and attitude.
We’re saying, “I will not dwell on this incident, bring up this incident again and use it against you, talk to others about this incident, let this incident stand between us or hinder, our personal relationship.”
Why? “By making and keeping these promises, you can tear down the walls that stand between you and your offender. You promise not to dwell on or brood over the problem or to punish by holding the person at a distance. You clear the way for your relationship to develop unhindered by memories of past wrongs. This is exactly what God does for us, and it is what He calls us to do for others.”