The God-Kind of Love Forgives Part 2
What is the God—kind of love? The God-kind of love is full of kindness, and it is tenderhearted. Since God love is kind and tenderhearted, it is always ready to forgive.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Sometimes I think people interpret this verse by saying that we are to forgive people only when they are kind to us. But that’s not what the Bible says.
Last week we started this timely message. Today, I would like to continue where I left off. I was talking about how husbands and wives should not remind each other about past mistakes and failures. I also addressed the consequences. So, let’s look at the Scriptures that address this issue.
1 PETER 3: 7
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and being heirs together of the grace of life; THAT YOUR PRAYERS BE NOT HINDERED.
If husbands and wives hold unforgiveness and ill will against each other, it can affect their health, and their prayers will be hindered. Their faith won’t work.
You want your prayers to be unhindered, don’t you? Then walk in love and forgiveness. Learn to forgive and forget like God does.
You see if you really love people and forgive them, you will not keep reminding them of their past mistakes, sins and failures. You will not keep reminding them about the way they hurt you, let you down, or offended you.
Now the devil may bring a picture to your mind of something that happened between you and another person. But you don’t have to entertain the devil’s thoughts. You can go on your way and walk in forgiveness, knowing that the Lord has forgiven you of your sins, failures, and shortcomings and that you have forgiven the other person.
Some people say, “Well, I just can’t forgive.” However, that doesn’t line up with the Scriptures because if you are born again, the God-kind of love has been shed abroad in your heart.
Other people say, “Well, I can’t forgive the way God does because I’m not God.” Of course you’re not God! But, you see, God forgives because He is love (1 John 4:8). And the same kind of love (that God is) dwells in you. Therefore, you can forgive with His love just as God does.
Because the love of God has been shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Ghost, God even furnishes the love for you and me to forgive with! But too many believers make the mistake of going by their head instead of their heart.
So Divine Love not only forgives, it forgets! That’s the way God wants us to forgive too. And we can forgive and forget because God has already furnished His Love in our heart, enabling us to forgive. Therefore, there is no excuse for failure in our ability to forgive.
Colossians 3: 13 says, “Forbearing one another, and FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, IF ANY MAN HAVE A QUARREL AGAINST ANY: EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU, SO ALSO DO YE.”
Word for Today: " A True Winner"
In six different places, the New Testament compares life to a race that must be won. In other places it compares it to a boxing or wrestling match. The message of the Bible is clear, life is like an athletic event, in that you will either win or lose depending on your training and determination to win. You have very little hope of winning without God’s training manual in your life. So, do what you can to learn what the Bible has to say about winning God’s way.