~~~~is always before us, but we are some times hindered in our Christian walk because of our humanness. Loud and clear, we need to walk worthy of being a Christian and because we ARE human we can tend to move off the path God has for us and into the pathway of least resistance. (knock them down and drag them out attitude.) Satan is waiting there with open arms, of course.
I want to give you some guidelines which I am using in my own life right now. Paul wrote, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief”. We should also have that realization as it softens our stance and we become more in tune with the sacrificial daily living that Jesus taught us to have. It also entails a lot of pride swallowing and it is in this “swallowing” that we are freed from Satan’s hold on our minds, body and soul.
I have people in my life who will not forgive. They let you know that you have sinned too greatly and that your apology is “not good enough” for them. These people are standing in need of the greatest Forgiver in all of human history. They put themselves up as better than that Forgiver of all time, Jesus Christ. How do we deal with this type of a person?
First of all. We don’t. We need to have the Word of God within us so strongly that we rise above and beyond with the power to forgive them for their actions to us as well. How do we do that? There is only one way and it is not mine and it is not yours.
Sense God’s presence. “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ” (Heb. 13:5)
Mature in our faith. “Him we preach, warning every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” (Col. 1:28,29) (“perfect” means mature)
Forgive and love them. “Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’
Jesus gives a parable then of the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. At the close of this parable, Jesus says, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.’ ” (Matt. 18:21,22)
Be rooted in God’s Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2Tim. 3:16,17)
There you have it! Easy as pie!! Don’t think so. These are the hardest in the world to do because it goes against our grain and Satan is thrilled that he has put a kink in the machinery and he will do whatever he can, whenever he can, however he can, to stop our being strengthened by the Lord Jesus Christ and living the triumphant life style that the Lord represents. I struggle constantly. Always will.
“Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1b,2a) What is the “weight” and the “sin” for you? For sure, you have both in your life. How will you deal with it?
I’m constantly wearing the path thin to my Lord because of all the dents Satan puts in my armor. The armor is well worn but it has never come unfastened and it never will. It is on to stay and so onward I go in battle with Satan who is a loser on all counts.
Depending upon Him. Marge H.