24 Jun Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 21
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 21-Lake Worth, Florida:
We are instructed by God to have mercy on others and to forgive those who hurt us whole-heartedly. This can be a difficult task and one that takes a great amount of reflection internally to reflect externally God’s grace. When we pray to our Father, ask for forgiveness, and receive His mercy we are absolved from our sins. Love plays a big part in receiving forgiveness and also forgiving those who have hurt us.
We can take for granted the mercy that God has for us, which ultimately leads to the way that we process forgiveness towards others. This process can be taught to us through family interactions, the faith that we were exposed to as a child or adolescence, and through our direct communications with God over time as an adult. One of our main problems is that as humans we tend to hold grudges and hate for long periods of time. With anything significant in our lives we usually spend a lot of time considering whether we should choose to forgive others or choose not to. The problem is that we find it quite difficult to let go of pain and release it to God.
The key to true forgiveness and mercy towards others is love and the understanding that through God all things are possible. We may never think that we can just let go. However, when you walk in the presence of God you can see why it is actually easy to forgive others. The consequence of holding hate in our hearts is that we fail to fully live out God’s plan for us to love our neighbor and to give mercy as we receive mercy. In the Bible it says, “he who is without sin, throw the first stone”. We all are sinners and should be slow to anger no matter the circumstance, for it is for the Lord to take vengeance.
Reflection Day #21
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: