This is Part 2 in a series on Five Steps to Kick Start Your faith and Move Forward.
Step 1 – Try Forgiving Someone (Cont)
As best we can, we must operate in love. 1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Colossians 3:13 takes it one step further asking us to forgive one another. “Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” Part of trying forgiveness is learning to make allowances for each other’s faults. We are called to live in peace, which doesn’t allow for holding grudges and keeping a list of offenses. God makes this serious business. In fact, the Bible tells us to be quick to forgive, and quick to resolve conflicts. It’s a tall order. It stretches our faith. But it will definitely accelerate us forward in our faith walk.
Part of forgiving everyone includes forgiving ourselves as well as others. What if we blow it? The guilt that follows failure can immobilize us long-term, but forgiveness liberates us—freeing up our energy and creativity. Forgiveness is two-dimensional: first we must receive God’s forgiveness for our failures. Include things we’ve done, and things we have left undone: love unexpressed, responsibility avoided, a child, parent or spouse neglected, truth withheld. Heartfelt confessions brings God’s forgiveness. 1 John 1:9.
God does not see failure the same way we do. He counts it as valuable lessons. There may be consequence. Still, we must choose to forgive ourselves. We must ask God how he sees us, pausing and waiting for the answer. God knows the temptations we face. We may need to forgive ourselves for trying to be perfect on our own, when we could have asked Him for his supernatural help. God can (if we ask) fold in our failures and use these for His grand purposes in our lives. In prayer, invite Him in.
Prayer: Father, Please forgive me. Please fold in my failures and use them for your grand purposes in my life. Please come in and help me to forgive others.
See Also Five Steps to Kick Start Your Faith to Move Forward – part 3