Well, we made it! Today is the last day of 2020, praise God! As 2021 approaches, many people are making new years resolutions. The main thing the Lord has put on my heart is forgiveness. As we enter a new year, let us move forward by letting go of past wrongs and living in the fullness of God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness for others and forgiveness for ourselves. May we not ever keep a record of wrongs in our hearts as that will only weigh us down and burden our souls with bitterness, and that is no way to start a new year. We must forgive as Jesus has forgiven us in order to live in the fullness of His peace and love.
Whatever you may have against someone else or even yourself, let it go. Give it to God and pray forgiveness over it all! When you believe in Jesus, God does not keep a record of wrongs on you. He does not count our sins against us. He removes them from us as far as the east is from the west, and remembers them no more! As God’s Word says, love keeps no record of wrongs.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
-1 Corinthians 13:4-13
“For as high as the heavens are above
so great is his love for those who fear
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our
transgressions from us.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17-19
We must forgive each other. Not one of us is better than the other. We have all sinned and made mistakes, and we all need forgiveness. How does God want us to forgive? He wants us to forgive as Christ forgave us! Think about how powerful and complete His forgiveness is, and forgive like Jesus forgave you!
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Let us enter 2021 in the full power of His forgiveness, and live out that glorious forgiveness every day! Sweep away the offenses as God has done for you, and move forward into the new year in His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love!
“I have swept away your offenses like a
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.”
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
What Jesus meant by that is we are to forgive an unlimited number of times just as He forgives us. Not one of us has the right to be unforgiving or hold a bitter grudge against anyone. Let us always remember what Jesus truly did for us on that cross, and let us always offer that same love and forgiveness to others.
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
Thank You, Jesus for forgiving us completely! Please help us love and forgive as You love and forgive us! In your Holy Name, amen!
Wishing you all a very Blessed and Happy New Year!
“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”
Grace and peace to you all!