Thursday, 7 December 2017

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When Others Fail


"...Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do..." - Luke 23:34


Imagine you're in a difficult situation, and one by one, all your friends fall away and you lose contact. Now the pain is worse because you're suffering alone. Why did these people desert you?

They are many possible reasons. For example, they might have left because they felt inadequate to help you out. Or maybe they couldn't  stand to watch you suffer.

Perhaps, though, some had their own best interests in mind and feared falling into similar trouble or being associated with a socially unacceptable situation like yours.

You might wonder how to respond to them. Whatever the reason was for desertion, there is only one appropriate biblical respond -  forgiveness. The reason is that as forgiven people, we never have the right to with-hold forgiveness.

After being left alone during his Roman imprisonment, Apostle Paul wrote this about those who has abandoned him: "I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge" (2 Timothy 4:16).

In order words, he had forgiven them. the apostle probably remembered what happened when Stephen was stone. Saint Paul had been present as one of the persecutors, after all, and he heard the dying man crying out; "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." (Acts 7:60).

But it is possible that Apostle Paul had an even greater act of forgiveness in mind; Christ's atoning death on the cross and His attitude towards the crucifiers (Luke 23:34). Because God forgives us (and all who turns to Him) of all sins, we don't have the right to with-hold forgiveness from anyone, and that certainly includes even those who regard us as enemies.

Is there someone you need to forgive?

If you, do it today.

You will feel the peace of God within you as you do.


When Others fail


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