31 DAYS of WORSHIP: Day 9
VERSE of the DAY
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, Satan is not the only one who likes to bring up the past failures of a believer; many who call themselves Christians like to do the same thing, and I can’t tell you just how wrong it is to do that.
Once a believer has asked the Lord for forgiveness, it is ungodly, wicked, immoral, and hurtful for a fellow believer to bring up that subject again. As Christians, it’s not our duty to constantly remind another believer of his past; it has been washed by the blood of Christ, and if washed by the precious blood of Christ, then we, too, are to forgive.
What right do I have to bring up something that has been erased, cleansed, forgotten, and forgiven by God? The answer to that question is, none. If a believer has already been to the Lord and asked for forgiveness, then I have no right to bring up that issue or hold it over that believer.
Too many Christians enjoy holding the past over another believer’s head, and yet they don’t like it when someone else does it to them!
The bottom line is, we must adhere to the words of Christ: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you” (Mat.6:14-15).
This means that if a person has failed, then we are to forgive him. And, when we forgive him, then we receive forgiveness from our heavenly Father. However, if we fail to forgive others, then His forgiveness, which we all so desperately need, is also withheld.
Remember, God never works with what might have been; He works from what is. Man is the opposite; he likes to work with what might have been. But we should take a lesson from Christ, our example, and learn to forgive without ever again bringing up a person’s past failures. Being reminded of past failures not only hurts that person, but it also hinders the work of God. We must always remember that no one ever gets away with sin. When a Christian sins, and he goes before the Lord in humble contrition, the Bible teaches that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (1 Jn.1:9).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“
This, my friend, is the gospel.
31 DAYS of WORSHIP
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