Friday, 21 Aug 2020
Psalm 103:8-13 (HCSB)
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and rich in faithful love.
9 He will not always accuse us
or be angry forever.
10 He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve
or repaid us according to our offences.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
I once held a grudge against a brother. It lasted weeks, months… and even went on for years! Yes, it was too long, and I was totally out of line with the Scriptures.
Fact is, I knew the Scriptures. I am aware that I should not let the sun go down while I am still angry (Eph 4:26). But merely knowing Scripture is one thing. Obedience to the Word of God is the hardest part.
I must forgive. But holding a grudge in indignance seemed just too attractive. The grudge appeared like a path paved with gold for me to tread on. So, I continued to hold that grudge. I did not want to let it go. “No one can see it (the grudge) anyway, so what’s the problem?” I reasoned in my heart.
But I was wrong. Terribly wrong.
The grudge was slowing consuming my peace and impaired my walk with God. Now I realise that one of the reasons for which I did not want to forgive is that I was unable to forget the pain. I was unable to put away the humiliation I suffered at the hands of that brother. I just could not forget.
My favourite Christian counsellor, Selwyn Hughes, writes in his book The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success: “If you want God to help you to forget, then you must first be willing to forgive. You provide the willingness, and God will do the rest.” It is a simple teaching, but hard to do. At least, for me, it was very hard.
Forgiveness is not easy: “Forgiveness is a wonderful idea until we have to forgive someone!” says literary giant CS Lewis.
In order to forgive others, I must first realise how I myself had been forgiven by God through His mercy.
This morning, as we read Psalm 103:8-13, know that the Lord is compassionate and loving to all of us (v8). He will not always accuse us (v9). Instead, He showers undeserved mercy upon us all (v10).
I have since made amends to the grudge I held and made my peace with God. Similarly, if you have been holding a grudge, and if the Lord’s Word speaks to you today, release the grudge. Forgive freely. You will then feel a great weight lift off your chest, and you will be at peace. I pray that in His time, all things will be made beautiful.
Lord, teach me to forgive the way You forgave me. I am sorry if I had harboured a grudge in my heart. Take it away, Lord. I am truly sorry. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
我最喜欢的基督徒辅导员Selwyn Hughes在他的著作《成功的七大属灵法则》：”如果你希望上帝帮助你忘记，那么你首先必须愿意原谅。你若意愿，上帝会做其余的。” 这是一个简单的教学，但很难实践。至少对我来说，是很难的。
宽恕并非易事：”饶恕是个绝妙的主意，直到我们不得不原谅别人！” 文学大师C.S 路易斯曾这么说过。
今天早上，当我们读诗篇103:8-13时，我们知道主有怜悯心肠，他爱我们(8节)。 他不会总是指责我们(9节)。 相反，他以厚恩待我们（10节）。