“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
I have heard Christians say, “I cannot forgive. You don’t understand the depth of hurt that was inflicted upon me.” I must disagree. A true believer can forgive. It is the ability to forgive that distinguishes the Christian from the world.
We must understand the depth of the hurt that we have inflicted upon the heart of God. It was neither Jews nor Roman soldiers that kept Jesus on that cross; He could have called ten legions of angels to rescue Him. It was our sins. Think of the horribleness of that statement. The pure, perfect, altogether lovely Son of God was kept on that cruel cross by our rebellion. Yet the Father looks at us and says, “Forgiven.” The grace of God is marvelous!
Lord, the depth of Your grace is beyond my comprehension! Show me how to be an instrument of that grace as I refuse to be offended by anyone who causes me pain or hurt. Allow me to be a healer, a reconciler and a forgiver. Never let me forget the horrendous price You paid so that I could have eternal life in Christ. The fact that You have forgiven me for the sin that placed Jesus on the cross overwhelms me, and compels me to forgive others.
Praise God that he is coming with the clouds and every eye shall see him (Rev. 1:7). Give thanks that you have a personal relationship with God and will be with him for all eternity (1 Cor. 15:51-52). Confess your clinging to a sinful deed or habit that needs to be overcome. Commit yourself to being on guard and standing firm in your faith (Eph. 6:13-18). Ask God to hold that vision of glory before you, restraining you from strong attachment to earthly possessions.
Ask that you never be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God for salvation (Rom. 1:16). Share that salvation today with a non-Christian.
“If I commit myself for the day to the Lord Jesus, then I may rest assured that it is his eternal, almighty power which has taken me under its protection and which will accomplish everything for me.” —Andrew Murray
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.