If I have offended anyone, for anything, at any time, and in any way, please forgive me as I have forgiven you.
For whatever I should or should not have done, or should or should have not said, please forgive me as I have forgiven you.
For your expectations, your demands, or your criteria I did not meet, or promises I made that I did not keep, please forgive me as I have forgiven you.
For making you feel that I abandoned you, neglected you, kicked you to the curb, or thrown you under the bus, please forgive me as I have forgiven you.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV)
We should find it very difficult to hold grudges, if you are truly born again, that is, “born of the water, and the Spirit” (John 3:5). If the Spirt of the Living God truly abides in us, it is a miniscule endeavor to let bygones be bygones, to forgive and forget, to let dead dogs lay, and continue onward in the calling, according to His purpose.
Before the Cross, Jesus told His disciples to pray in Matthew 6:12,“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”He later explained in verses 14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”But this is after the Cross, and we now have forgiveness by the Finished Works of Jesus the Messiah. Now we should walk in that Finished Work, remembering what was done for us and extending that agape type of love to others.
Ah, the Grace of God given us, “. . . while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8b). Now if you think about it, God must have had a purpose for all of us, “that he gave His only begotten Son.” Our sins are like a roadblock, stymieing our progress is establishing His kingdom on earth. We have waisted so much of our time controlled by our carnal nature. “Turn around while it’s still turning time,” as the elders would and still say, and let the Holy Spirit have His way!
Unforgiveness is most likely one of these “ways” referred to in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not my thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” The way this scripture has been taught, we would think it is impossible to know the ways and thoughts of the Lord. As I have pointed out before, and probably will again until I have exhausted all means, this was directed to the unrighteous and wicked in verse 7. (That is why you can’t take one verse and build a teaching around it.)
Therefore, if unforgiveness is considered either, that that verse applies to whosoever fits the description. If unforgiveness is sin, and “all unrighteousness is sin” (1 John 5:17a), well, do the math, or better, read between the lines, or read the Word in context.
A song comes to mind by the Canton Spirituals that says, “I’ve gotta clean up what I messed up, I’m starting my life over again.” The Blood of Jesus, the sacrifice on Calvary, cleaned up what I messed up, and because I am a “new creature” I have started my life over again, led by the Holy Spirit.
When we quote Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, oh God; and renew the right Spirit in me,” are we aware of what you we’re asking, or are we just being religious because it sounds good in public prayer? You we giving permission for the “right spirit,” which is the Holy Spirit to enter in and rule our hearts, that spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell. We don’t need to have a momentary or situational request granted in the worship house, only to be discarded the second we step out of that same worship house. That’s religion. This “renewing” should be for the entire period between then and the next time we “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise!” (Psalm 100:4a)
Now that, a relationship!
The enemy is very determined to keep out of a relationship with, and keep us from doing the will of Elohim (Yah, God). We should use countermeasures as the Hebrew writer suggests:
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” (Hebrews 12:14-16 KJV)
We have heard the paraphrase of Micah 7:19, where God has cast all our sins into the sea of forgetfulness. And yet, some of us will go deep sea diving to retrieve that belonging to others, but leaving our own buried, or so we think. This creates an opening for more opportunity to “steal, kill, and destroy.”
Let dead dogs lay, yours and mine, as I have forgiven you!!!