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 “Lord Help Me to Forgive
 
 

 

Some years ago, I ministered on a topic that referenced issues that we conceal within our heart.  Some issues being: unforgiveness, lust, hurt, anger, bitterness, jealousy, etc. I  have come to realize that no matter what we look like on the outside it is important to take inventory of the inner man daily.

 


While traveling south on numerous occasions, I began to notice the different types of barns that I would pass.  A barn is a large farm building used to store farm products and sheltering livestock.  On the outside you see a large structure but the inside could be used to store anything from livestock to tobacco.  I took an interest in how they were built, how some had aged, and how some were falling apart.  In our lives, we are human beings of all shapes and sizes, some older, some younger with different issues within.

We see people going to work, school, church or just out and about. Some outward appearances along with one on one conversation would give you the impression that a person has it all together; but in all actuality they are a wreck within.

It is easy to detect that someone has been hurt when we see a scar on their face, a band-aid on a finger, an arm in a sling, or someone walking on crutches due to an accident.  But what about the emotional scars that we carry within our hearts.  We carry some issues from season to season but God wants us to have the freedom to praise and worship Him.

We tend to categorize some people by their outward appearance which may not be as we think it should be.  However, have you ever stopped for a moment to spend a little time with a person and found out that they were truly genuine at heart?

  
I am reminded of the cliché, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Trials and tribulations of life cause us all to go through and we all go through them differently.  Challenging experiences in a person’s life can cause the outer man to reflect the residue of a difficult situation. But on the other hand, many of us have wounds that are not seen. They are “stored” within. What are you storing within your heart?

Sometimes in our life we can carry a root of bitterness within us without being aware of it.  We have been hurt from people talking about us, making false accusations, not treating us in the same manner in which they would want to be treated, or suffering from a broken heart, etc. These hurts sometimes leave us with scars and wounds and as a result we sometimes find it hard to forgive.

As you are reading this you may be saying, "You just don’t understand what they did to me, or how they talked to me, or the things that they were saying to people about me were not true."  There are situations in which people actually feel as though they are justified in not forgiving.  If you are feeling this way, pause now and say “Lord, help me to forgive.”

To forgive is to excuse for a fault or an offense.  The Bible states in Mark 11:25 - And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

We carry the pain so long that when God heals we don’t realize it and we miss God in the process because we are holding on to the former things.  Isaiah 43:18-19 – Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

David prayed earnestly to God to forgive, and to take away all iniquity. Psalm 25:18 - Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

We have to want to be healed; we have to want to forgive. Forgiveness is a process.

When we are in the presence of God, He reveals to us the things in our life that are not like Him. Some years ago, God revealed to me that He had began to heal my emotions of a matter that had really hurt me but I had not received the healing because I had not totally forgiven and the mass of hurt had built up within my heart which caused me to withdraw and become defensive.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. {Corinthians 15:57}. God healed me and made me whole when I sincerely repented to Him with forgiveness to those who had risen against me. God is a healer! He is a rewarder to them that diligently seek him.

When we find ourselves in situations that leave us with a residue of bitterness, anger, or unforgiveness, we should ask God immediately, “Lord Help me to forgive.”   It’s not about who’s wrong or right. It’s about being able to worship and fellowship with God on a daily basis with a pure heart and clean hands.  Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. Psalm 24:3-4.

We can walk in victory when we are free from weights and the sins that so easily beset us.  We must remember that we have an advocate with the Father.  Allowing bitterness or malice to be stored within is not pleasing to God.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. {Galatians 4:31-32}

If you find yourself today in a place of unforgiveness, I admonish you to ask God to help you to forgive.
 
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