To walk in forgiveness, we must allow room for error or weakness from ourselves as well as from others. When behaviors are not what we had anticipated and weaknesses are revealed, it’s important to let go immediately. Whenever we pick up an offense, the quicker we shake the dust off our feet, the quicker we shut the door on the enemy.
We release something quickly by giving it to the Lord. We do so by bringing and leaving it at the foot of the cross, trusting Him to handle the situation with His omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. We may need to do so repeatedly, but the power that comes from forgiveness will help us release things more quickly in the future.
Understand that if we don’t forgive, the enemy then has room to take advantage of us. Forgiveness is essential to our walking free from offenses. The enemy wants us to move in division, bitterness, anger, etc., so we will not walk in victory. We cannot give our adversary an open door by picking up an offense. The only room we should have is the room for grace that we extend to one another. We can do so because of the love of God the Holy Spirit has shed in our hearts. When we don’t forgive others’ trespasses against us, we actually hinder ourselves from walking free in Christ. His strength is perfected in our weakness, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 “Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
We should have an attitude of resolve when we confront one another regarding offenses, disagreements or misunderstandings. We are to speak the truth in love and seek reconciliation in every situation. In confronting one another, we aim for resolution foremost and always.
We engage in communication, seeking reconciliation and restoration. We do not discuss things with the goal of proving who is right and who is wrong, debating and reliving the offense, but we desire and pursue the peace that comes with a resolution. When our pursuit is for resolution, there will be instances when the other party is not at a place where they want the same outcome. In that case we are released because we have forgiven and we must let the others go regardless of their responses. We can trust the Lord will minister reconciliation and bring a resolution in His own timing. We are not responsible for how someone else responds to a situation, but we can handle our part in a Christ-like manner.
When a matter is resolved, it has been handled correctly and can no longer negatively affect our future. As a child of God, the results of every conflict are beneficial. We learn valuable lessons and grow in grace and love. When we seek reconciliation and restoration, we walk in peace and rest in the ability of the Lord, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
We are held back when we hold on to past offenses. In Christ, we are free, but stay bound when we hold on to an offense. We must release them and leave all in the Lord’s hands. When we dwell on what is behind us, we are not free to completely lay hold of what is before us. The anointing of God destroys every yoke and releases us to move forward.
In Christ, we are no longer held back and can be released into our destiny with no strings attached. We are loosed from restricting ties, and able to let go of anything that tries to hold on to us in a destructive manner. Offenses do come, but we do not grab them when they do. Our desire is for the living waters of Christ to flow freely through us. We learn to quickly let go of things that could quench the Holy Spirit. As the Lord is free to move, we become free from everything that has the potential to hold us back. We can let go of whatever would hinder, because His freedom matters most.
Seeing the Christ in us, and in others, enables us to walk in love. If anything has happened in our past that we know is hindering our tomorrow, we release it to the Lord. As we do so, we are released to go forth, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 10:27 “It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.”
We put on the whole armor of God; once we do, we never take it off. We remind ourselves that we are clothed with armor when circumstances cause us to doubt. If we believe and receive one part and not another, we are vulnerable.
We have the defensive parts of the armor: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, shoes for the preparation of the gospel of peace, and the shield of faith. With them we are protected and completely covered. In addition, we have an offense in our armor: the Sword of the Spirit, and the Word of God. With it we declare and decree what has been written. We are clothed with the armor of God. We are dressed to destroy every adversary in the name of Jesus. When we are in a battle we need to know the weapons we have in order to use them effectively.
How do we put on the armor of God? By faith we receive Him. The armor is comprised of what is already ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord. We put on Christ through the appropriation of what He has made available for us. It is the armor of God, His! We are dressed for battle and able to resist and destroy every evil work, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:12-13 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
A misunderstanding, an offense, spoken harsh words and suddenly someone’s anger rises to an unexpected level. A knife is grabbed and held high; a scream…then silence. The knife is thrown on the ground and the person runs, runs, runs until he cannot run any longer and he kneels down praying, “Lord what came over me? Please take this temper away! Help me Lord!”
It may not be to this extent that anger, bitterness, envy or any other works of the flesh manifest, but it is a battle we all face at one time or another. When it does, we feel so unworthy. We find ourselves embarrassed over things we have said or done. Shame, guilt and grief overwhelm our souls. In those times we might not run to God quickly enough. Our flesh tries to hide from God but to no avail. It’s only in God that we can hide. He is our hiding place. He preserves us from trouble, even when that trouble is caused by our flesh. It’s not always the devil who is opposing us. Our flesh constantly wars against the spirit and can only be confronted in and by the Spirit.
When we cry out to God we find He is a very present help in trouble. We submit our weaknesses to Him and receive His strength. It’s supernatural and amazing how God touches and changes us. We are in Christ, our hiding place. There is comfort, protection and deliverance. Instead of the flesh taking over, God takes over, from glory to glory!
Psalms 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.”