Who Do YOU Say Jesus Is?
That really is THE most important question. How we answer that question will determine everything about our life. Continue reading
Jesus taught all who follow Him to specifically pray that God would forgive us based on our forgiveness of those who hurt us. That means if we are unforgiving, we are praying that God be unforgiving to us! That is a very scary thought!
Preface from Jodi: There is nothing I love more than watching God work in the lives of women in the jail. I asked Christina if she would share her testimony, and she graciously agreed to do that. I pray you will be touched by the story of God’s redemption in the life of this woman, and give God all the praise.
“He made my dream come true”
The testimony of Christina Martinez, Prisoner #14-00844
So why is it so hard to forgive when others hurt us? So what are the barriers we face when it comes to granting forgiveness to others? Our unwillingness to let go of the hurt and pain the person caused in our life seems to be a big stumbling block for many of us. And our desire for justice – to see the person punished for what they did. Or maybe we actually go beyond justice, and have a desire to seek revenge or vengeance.
All of these things have something in common – our desire to stand in judgment over the wrongs of others. Our desire to be “like God”, just like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Our desire to seat ourselves squarely on the throne of God.
Jesus hung on the cross, humiliated, beaten and bloody. He chose that exact moment to do something no ordinary person would have EVER considered doing. Something completely unexpected. Something inconceivable. Something incredibly powerful. Something shockingly beautiful that displayed His unfailing love.
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled at some point with the pain and hurt in their life. We’ve all been hurt, and for followers of Jesus Christ we all have to learn how to deal with it in the way God has given us.
The problem is, what comes much more naturally to most of us is to hold on the pain and hurt of life.
We welcome the idea of God’s forgiveness offered to us, but we all hesitate to extend forgiveness to others who have hurt us. As a follower of Jesus Christ, forgiveness is not optional. It is commanded. We are to forgive as we have been forgiven. Christ died to make forgiveness possible for us, which we were still His enemy. Our forgiveness should look like that. Our forgiveness should reflect our love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.