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THE ART OF FORGIVENESS AND RESTORATION TO ALL
There’s no doubt that we serve a God of forgiveness. It is true, and it is certain. The Lord never abandons those He loves and are called according to His purposes. As Psalm 23 states:
“He makes me lie down in green pastures…He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake..”
Psalm 23:2a – 3.
God is speaking there of His ability to present to us His care for our lives here, and of His work to guide us to do the right things that will prepare us for His heavenly home in the future.
However, God even made our way to heaven more solid when He sent Jesus to earth so
long ago. Jesus, our Savior, gave up His own life for all people to have a clear way to heaven – if we believed He is GOD’s Son. Jesus lived a life of showing how we could forgive others as well as being forgiven ourselves.
So that one act of submission on the cross, as well as forgiveness for all who would believe in Jesus, would make the way for us to finally be with God and Jesus in heaven—forever.
As we live, we are commissioned to act as Jesus did in forgiving others who may have treated us wrongly. That means as soon as we forgive, then there is restoration. We are restored, once again, to be rid of the “burden” of “unforgiveness, which keeps us from being entirely happy in this life.
In Nehemiah, we find these words which describe God:
“But You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness..”
Nehemiah 9: 17b.
As we know from the New Testament, Jesus’ death was, and is, the ultimate restoration of all mankind, who, from the beginning of man, is restored and continues to restore, all believers into God’s kingdom – forever. And that restoration will continue until we see the Lord.
In my life, I find it easy to forgive, since I know Jesus forgives my actions and/or mistakes at times. That makes it so much more easy to forgive others, since I pray for His forgiveness of my mistakes. Because of sin, none of us are perfect. However, in forgiving others, we are on our way to a much better and healthy life here. In Ephesians, it says;
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness
of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which
He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known
to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention
which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration
suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of
all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.”
Isn’t it a wonderful thought that through the work and death of Jesus, our lives lived for Him here will be “summed up” as we have lived out our life with Jesus as the center, and God as our Father. As we learn to “forgive” and “restore,” we will look forward to being welcomed into
heaven, one glorious day! By Gail J. Box
As you well know !