God’s Word: Proverbs 19:1-16
Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget. Needless pain results when you refuse to forgive and forget. But, where you say, is the limit to what can be forgiven? Well. . . .where do you wish to place the stop on My forgiveness of you? You get from Me what you give to others!
Grow a wise heart—you’ll do yourself a favor; keep a clear head—you’ll find a good life. Wisdom tells you to remove yourself from the person who is continually harming you. A mean tempered person is to be avoided like a mad dog. A wise person get’s rid of the mad dog and walks away from the mean tempered person. It is hard to forgive when you are being abused continually.
How, you ask, can you forgive a person who is unrepentant and bull-headed? Jesus set the example as he hung dying on the cross in great agony—He said “Father forgive them for they don’t realize what they are doing.” You can say that same prayer for your abuser. When turning the other cheek and seeking to please no longer works—it is time to walk away and pray this prayer of Jesus and choose to forget the pain. You can do it—I will help you.
God’s Question to Me: Have you been called upon to forgive anything as horrible as what Jesus endured?
God’s Promise to Me: My forgiveness is given to you in direct proportion to your forgiveness of others.
My Song to God: Cleanse Me
Search me O God and know my heart today;
Try me, O Lord, and know my thoughts I pray:
See if there be some wicked way in me,
Cleanse me from every sin and set me free.
Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
I now surrender- Lord, in me abide.
O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival- start the work in me:
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessing now, O Lord, I humbly plead.