The Power Of Forgiveness (2)

“Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.”          Colossians 3:13 NIV                   

In Restoring Your Spiritual Passion, Gordon MacDonald writes: “One memory that burns deep within is that of plane flight on which I was headed toward a meeting that would determine a major decision in my ministry.  I knew I was in desperate need of a spiritual passion that would provide wisdom and submission to God’s purposes.  But the passion was missing because I was steeped in resentment toward a colleague.  For days I had tried everything to rid myself of vindictive thoughts toward that person.  But try as I might, I would even wake in the night thinking of ways to subtly get back at him.  I wanted to embarrass him for what he had done, to damage his credibility before his peers.

My resentment was beginning to dominate me, and on that plane trip I came to a realization of how bad things really were…As the plane entered the landing pattern, I found myself crying silently to God for the power both to forgive and to experience liberation from my poisoned spirit.  Suddenly it was as if an invisible knife cut a hole in my chest and I literally felt a thick substance oozing from within.  Moments later I felt as if I’d been flushed out.  I’d lost negative spiritual weight, the kind I needed to lose.  I was free.  I fairly bounced off that plane and soon entered a meeting that did in fact change the entire direction of my life.”  Forgiveness: (1) frees you from the grip of a negative force; (2) positions you where God can bless you; (3) teaches little people how to be big people.

 

This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today