Leave room for resurrection
Have you ever felt like Jonah? I have.
I’ve felt the call to pray or love on a people group or individual and thought,
"Oh God, I can not pray for them. Look at what they’ve done. What do you mean you want me to love them?"
If it is someone like a parent or spouse we tend to guard our heart even greater with the subconscious understanding that if we pray or love them like Jesus would, we will not be able to protect our heart with the fear of the next offense.
But, perfect love casts out all fear.
The good news is we can actually separate ourselves from the offense or sin of another because the reality is people do not sin against people. People sin against God, and others are sometimes the collateral damage from that sin. But, it is He alone that is and should be Judge.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You,You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that you are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge. Psalms 51:3-4
When we get hurt by others sins; a betrayal, a lie, or even a lack of love it is easy for us to take it so personally that we become the judge over their lives; deeming them unworthy of forgiveness or kindness. When truly, judgement is not our place at all. In fact, we are commanded to the measure we judge one another, so we shall be judged in the same measures.
Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the same way you judge, you will be judged; and by the standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2
I don’t know about you, but after reading that I really don’t want to judge other's sins. When we sit with Father God and understand how much He loves His people, we cannot help but receive this pure and undefiled goodness.
As Holy Spirit puts people on your heart that have hurt you, betrayed you, lied to you, maybe even a parent who abandoned you, give that pain to Jesus. You do not want to stand as judge in that person's life. As Jonah saw God forgave the people of Nineveh, Jonah became angry.
The same God who had forgiven Jonah, also forgave the Ninevites. God never changes. We serve a God full of mercy and compassion. He forgives our sins and allows us to live in His perfect love. He resurrects lives and beckons us to freedom.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
I thank you Jesus for your forgiveness! I thank you for the gift of godly sorrow. Thank you for being a just Judge, so that we don't have to play the role of God toward other's sins. Instead, we can freely feel and process the pain with You, who is the Healer of hearts.
Thank you that You are a God who delights in mercy. I accept Your forgiveness today for myself and forgiveness for others, and I choose to walk in your fullness of joy. Thank you Jesus!
In His Presence,