He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. We forgive as we have been forgiven—immediately. When considering the magnitude of that, every situation in my life where I was reluctant to forgive seems trivial. I had been feeling so weighted down with marriage issues that I wanted Real Relief from Holy Spirit. When we have an unforgiving spirit, our eyes are not on him; they are fixed on ourselves.
He knew what we should remember: God is the only righteous Judge. In accurately sharing the details, they all came to the same conclusion as I. It's a healthy and necessary step to give up the need for retaliation. The trouble with forgetting is that it grants absolution. Know that God requires forgiveness.
As he was ordered to do menial tasks day after day—tasks his father's servants did at home. Only God can forget, when He chooses. Licking our wounds can only suffice for a short season. Resentment is as old as Genesis 4. They threw him into a pit and tried to figure out how to snuff out his life.
He was owned as property in an idolatrous, pagan country. Then he told them to bring their father and all their families to Egypt, where he could provide for them during the years of famine. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;. It just made matters worse when he dreamed two strange dreams, both predicting his rise to prominence and authority, indicating that he would rule over his family. Or maybe your father made it his habit to hit you first and ask questions later. Before we know it, we are captured in the claws of the sin of unforgiveness. Eventually, we won't be able to see His work in our lives at all.
Through improved communication and honesty, she was eventually able to establish a comfortable adult relationship with both her father and her mother. For the 50 years I knew Jenny, she told the story over and over of a time her sister would not give her the dollar she needed for a pair of shoes. You'd think Jacob would have remembered all the problems that transpired in his own family due to favoritism. We should go to our brother or sister and talk it out. Did they feel any remorse for what they had done? And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you Eph. Oversensitive to a verbal remark, action, or lack of action.
Susan Forward, Toxic Parents New York: Bantam, 1989 , 189. God also gave us the ability to be reasonable and make smart choices with our lives. How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. Then, when the years of famine ravaged Egypt and the surrounding countries, he was also in charge of selling grain. . Verbal slander against the person. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Bitterness is that state of mind that willfully holds on to angry feelings, ready to take offense, able to break out in anger at any moment. And His Word records—in great detail—the life of a man who had more to forgive than almost anyone. Justice may not happen here on earth, but it will happen someday. Retaining bitterness has the same effect as smelly garbage to a home, it infiltrates every area of your life. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. We who know the Lord have a Defender.
We replay it in our minds, creating deep ruts that will be hard to build back up. This kind of forgetting keeps you from expressing your emotions. Our faith brings us confidence in God's promise to help us forgive and shows that we trust in his character: Jesus' answer to Peter makes it clear that forgiveness is not easy for us. And His Word records—in great detail—the life of a man who had more to forgive than almost anyone. The hurt accomplished may not even be recognized by the offender. Commit your cause to Him, and let Him do what is right.
Jesus answered, I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times Matt. He doesn't abdicate His Sovereignty when someone treats us unjustly. Then there's the element of trust. Sometimes a woman tells me her husband has been physically abusive in the past. Instead, He weaves the dark threads of pain into the tapestry of our lives to deepen our character and accomplish his purpose. This is certainly not what the world gives as a solution. This kind of forgetting keeps you from expressing your emotions.