It was hard for me to figure out what I’d write about this week. For many weeks my mind has been focused on the Fight Club “kick-off” and now that it’s over I feel like taking a bit of time just to chill before it begins. The problem is that my “chill” tends to quickly turn into complacency if I’m not careful. Fight Club will officially begin tomorrow and I’m ready…. well part of me is anyway. The other part of me knows the challenge it will be, yet it is so needed in my life.
I’ve been trying recently to make peace with someone in my life with whom dissension has come between us. I’d like to say my efforts went well, but they did not. I desire not to cast blame, it almost always takes two to cause conflict. I just want to talk briefly of our need to forgive and to try to be a peace with others.
Unforgiveness is poison to the innermost parts of a being. Pride is the root cause and causes a reluctance to forgive someone. It is self-centered way to live life. I’ve been both the one who refuses to forgive and the one who is not forgiven. Unforgiveness is a horrible thing.
Before this chapter of Fight Club begins I wanted to rid myself of any bitterness and unforgiveness. Mark 11:25 states, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive your transgressions.” In Matthew 6:14-15 we are told almost the same thing, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
I’m sure we are all familiar with this basic Biblical principle, but how many of us ignore it? I have many times. It feels good to forgive, and some of you need to humble yourself and both forgive… and seek forgiveness. Remember this, if someone refuses to forgive you… that is between them and God. All we can do is assure that we are in right standing with God so that our prayers will not be hindered. We worship a God who always forgives when we ask… we should do the same. We forgive for ourselves, so that our prayers and connection to God is not hindered. Blessed is Best!!
Shared by Chad Hellenthal