Today’s post comes from Chris Pipes, Minister of Connect Groups, Next Steps, and Discipleship at C3.
As we continue our 21 Day Challenge today, we are focusing on Psalms 101-105.
Today’s Key Scripture: Psalm 103:8-12 (NIV)
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Forgiving others has not always been an easy thing for me. When someone has hurt me, especially if it’s intentional, I’ve had a hard time letting it go. I’d rather make them feel bad about it and remind them over and over. That has damaged so many relationships over the years and finally I had to be reminded of what God did for me. He forgave me and didn’t have to. He chose to be gracious and compassionate. He chose to love me and show grace and mercy. Every time I read this scripture I’m more in awe of my God. His example of true biblical forgiveness is why he’s God and I’m not; however, as his child, I’m challenged to be like the Father and treat others the same way. I’m not their Savior, but I am called to forgive just as Christ has forgiven me.
Prayer Focus: Dear God, thank you for your grace and mercy on my life. I know as a sinner I don’t deserve it, but you chose to forgive me anyway. Help me to forgive others in the same way you forgive so that they may experience the same compassion and love that you showed me first. Help me stay focused over the next few days as I finish this 21 Day Challenge. I know the enemy will do whatever he can to tempt me and get me off course. I want to finish strong and please you in everything I do. I love you, God! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!