The Divine Partnership of Forgiveness
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
- Paul Boose
The idea that we can selectively obey the God-given command to forgive our brothers and sisters is a faulty narrative that must be debunked and reframed. Instead of seeing it as a command that we can casually obey at will, we must begin to understand forgiveness in the context of the purpose and will of God. Forgiveness in the life of the child of God strategically operates to facilitate the will of God.
Forgiveness is both purposeful and strategic in that it allows us to partner with God in executing the plan of God. There is always a purpose behind the forgiveness that we are mandated by Scripture to extend. When we extend forgiveness in obedience to God we are partnering with Him to accomplish His purpose in the earth. This is why it is dangerously erroneous to view forgiveness as a passive act whereby we allow someone to “get away with” some crime against us. Forgiveness, rather; is a providential strategy that partners with the purpose of God to ensure that His purpose is actualized in the earth realm. Scripture highlights this in Genesis 50:15-21 when Joseph forgives his brothers for their crimes against him. He clearly recognized that the entire situation from his bondage to his forgiveness of his brothers was ultimately about accomplishing the intention and will of the Father in the earth. Joseph said in verse 20 “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today”. The entire outcome of the preservation of an entire nation rested upon Joseph aligning himself with the will of God and engaging his capacity to forgive his brothers. Can you imagine the conclusion of this story had Joseph refused to forgive his brothers?
I challenge you to renovate your paradigm concerning forgiveness. Instead of looking at it as a “get out of jail free” card for the offender, begin to see it through the lenses of the Heavenly Father’s divine purpose. Don’t underestimate the significance of your forgiveness no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to be. It may very well be that the preservation of a nation could be attached to your capacity to forgive.
FORGIVENESS always WINS!
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posted by Teresa Carter
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:50
I did not realize how large an impact forgiveness had on my life until I chose to forgive. In three situations I was hurt very badly. When I chose to forgive....then ask GOD for his guidance...my territory enlarged, my health got better...I drew closer to HIM. I have one more area that I have in prayer right now. I realize I must keep these three situations lifted up in prayer. I am determined to do so.Report Comment Link
posted by Kamille Wilkinson-Mitchell
Monday, 09 October 2017 10:55
Great blog! I am taking on the forgiveness challenge.Report Comment Link