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Series: Luis Palau | Forgive and Forget

“Forgiveness” is one of the most powerful words in the English language. This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis brings up the subject of forgiving and forgetting. There is guidance and wisdom for us in the Bible, God’s word, and Luis will point us there.

The Power to Forgive Friday, November 20, 2020

It’s obvious to all of us that people are hurting in our world today. Many people feel marginalized and misunderstood. In some parts of the world, followers of Jesus are in real danger of harm. It would be easy, then, to feel angry and bitter towards the people who are persecuting us. Yet, as followers of Jesus, we are called to demonstrate forgiveness to others, just as God forgives us.

The Bible says in Daniel 9:9, “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.” If God forgives our sin, we must obey His call to be forgiving towards others. His forgiveness of sin is a miracle. So don’t expect that your forgiveness of others will be anything less. Forgiveness is a miraculous work.

It is easy to show kindness and respect towards someone who treats us well, but it takes utter humility, courage, and great faith to behave this way towards someone who treats us poorly. Consider today whether you may need to forgive someone who has wronged you. Pray for the courage to find grace within your heart. Then, go forward with courage! There’s no better way to reach your world than to show the world that you are a child of God, and you live by His standards of love, mercy, and forgiveness.

This is Andrew Palau.

Forgive and Forget - 4 Thursday, November 19, 2020

How wonderful that confession is a healing balm for our souls. The Bible says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed,” James 5:16.

After entering into forgiveness, conscious forgetfulness is vital. The patriarch Joseph called his first-born son Manasseh, saying, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household,” Genesis 41:51. Joseph not only forgave his brothers, but he deliberately forgot the evil deeds they had committed against him.

During the latter part of his life, his father, Jacob, died. Joseph’s brothers again feared for their lives. They thought Joseph hadn’t really forgiven them and would take revenge on them at last. Joseph wept when he realized their concern and said,“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good,” Genesis 50:20. Joseph could see the sovereign, merciful hand of God at work in his life. He had completely forgiven his brothers and forgotten their offense years before, and longed for them to experience that forgiveness themselves.

Forgive, be forgiven, forget. Enjoy all three today.

This is Luis Palau.

Forgive and Forget - 3 Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Rudyard Kipling said it well: “Nothing is ever settled until it is settled right.” We can point our finger and make up excuses, we can invent arguments and do anything else we want, but the key to the skeleton jingles in our pocket until we settle matters right.

How long have you kept a skeleton hidden in your closet? Oh, you desperately keep that skeleton locked up in some hidden place within your soul. You hope no one ever probes there. You hope no one ever finds a key and says, “Ah! There it is!”

I beg you to take that skeleton out. Confess your sin to God and to whomever you have offended. Don’t tell unnecessary people. Our confession should only be as wide as the scope of our transgression. Then experience God’s forgiveness.

Certain things may never be quite the same, but you can joyfully start walking with God again. With total freedom and complete joy you will be able to look every man and woman in the eye. Why? Because you’re clean. Forgiven. At peace with God and others. What a happy way of life! Start experiencing it today.

This is Luis Palau.

Forgive and Forget - 2 Tuesday, November 17, 2020

I want to remind you of the biblical story of Joseph. The Bible gives us many reasons why this patriarch could have been a very bitter man. His brothers hated him and sold him into slavery. His boss’s wife falsely accused him of a serious crime and had him thrown into an Egyptian prison. A government official promised to help him yet left him there to rot. Despite all these things, Joseph did not allow any root of bitterness to take hold in his life.

As many lives are spoiled by bitterness and a lack of forgiveness as by almost anything in the world. People go through physical and emotional breakdowns because they refuse to forgive others. The longer we carry a grudge, the heavier it becomes. We cannot afford to harbor bitterness in our soul, as Hebrews 12:15 teaches.

The Bible also says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you,” Colossians 3:13. Have you done that? If not, jettison bitterness and forgive that certain someone today. You’ll also be free to reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Forgive and Forget - 1 Monday, November 16, 2020

My friend, has anyone in your world really offended you? Has your spouse been unfaithful? Have your children disappointed you? Has
someone cheated you in business? How we respond to the difficult experiences of life directly affects our spiritual well-being.

The Bible says, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge, I will repay,’ says the Lord,” Romans 12:19. The Lord, after all, is the One who measures out justice perfectly. He wants to handle such judgment for us--perhaps now, certainly ultimately.

Have you become bitter or unforgiving in your attitude? I encourage you to read the account of the patriarch Joseph’s life in Genesis chapters 37 to 50. It is a dramatic portion of Scripture that teaches us many valuable lessons on the importance of forgiveness.

Those lessons include our need to forgive, to jettison bitterness, to settle matters right, to confess our own sins, to forget the past, to accept God’s forgiveness. All that in 14 dramatic chapters. So remember, read Genesis 37-50 and you’ll be blessed in coming days.

This is Luis Palau.

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