Tag Archive | forgive

God’s Mercy at Work

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FAITH BOOSTER:

God’s Mercy at Work [Aug 04,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

May the Lord judge between you and me. 1 Samuel 24:12

Also Read 1 Samuel 24:1–10(NIV)

My anger was stirred when a person mistreated me, blamed me, and gossiped about me. I wanted everyone to know what he’d done—wanted him to suffer as I’d suffered because of his behavior. I steamed with resentment until a headache pierced my temples. But as I began praying for my pain to go away, the Holy Spirit convicted me. How could I plot revenge while begging God for relief? If I believed He would care for me, why wouldn’t I trust Him to handle this situation? Knowing that people who are hurting often hurt other people, I asked God to help me forgive the person and work toward reconciliation.

The psalmist David understood the difficulty of trusting God while enduring unfair treatment. Though David did his best to be a loving servant, King Saul succumbed to jealousy and wanted to murder him (1 Samuel 24:1–2). David suffered while God worked things out and prepared him to take the throne, but still he chose to honor God instead of seeking revenge (vv. 3–7). He did his part to reconcile with Saul and left the results in God’s hands (vv. 8–22).

When it seems others are getting away with wrongdoing, we struggle with the injustice. But with God’s mercy at work in our hearts and the hearts of others, we can forgive as He’s forgiven us and receive the blessings He’s prepared for us.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How can trusting that God is perfect, loving, good, and in control help you when sin seems to be prevailing?
  • Who do you need to forgive and place in God’s mighty and merciful hands?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Merciful God, please help me trust You to determine how justice prevails.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

Grace Outside the Box

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Grace Outside the Box  [July 29,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons. 2 Samuel 9:11

Also Read 2 Samuel 9:1–7(NIV)

Tom worked for a law firm that advised Bob’s company. They became friends—until Tom embezzled thousands of dollars from the company. Bob was hurt and angry when he found out, but he received wise counsel from his vice president, a believer in Christ. The VP noticed Tom was deeply ashamed and repentant, and he advised Bob to drop the charges and hire Tom. “Pay him a modest salary so he can make restitution. You’ll never have a more grateful, loyal employee.” Bob did, and Tom was.

Mephibosheth, grandson of King Saul, hadn’t done anything wrong, but he was in a tough spot when David became king. Most kings killed the royal bloodline. But David loved King Saul’s son Jonathan, and treated his surviving son as his own (see 2 Samuel 9:1–13). His grace won a friend for life. Mephibosheth marveled that he “deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place” (19:28). He remained loyal to David, even when David’s son Absalom chased David from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 16:1–419:24–30).

Do you want a loyal friend for life? Someone so extraordinary may require you to do something extraordinary. When common sense says punish, choose grace. Hold them accountable, but give the undeserving a chance to make things right. You may never find a more grateful, devoted friend. Think outside the box, with grace.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • Who has sinned against you?
  • How might you hold them accountable while also forgiving them?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Father, I’ve received extraordinary grace from You. Help me show that grace to others—especially to those with a repentant spirit.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta