FORGIVING OTHERS

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“This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” – Acts 24:16 Christ didn’t come to the world to gather offenders of the Law for damnation but to stir their hearts to surrender to Him in love and for an experience of a new life. While being crucified, Jesus wasn’t contemplating either forgiveness or damnation, in deciding the fate of His accusers and murderers. Before He left His heavenly throne, forgiveness for mankind flows in His heart as a fountain such that the worst of punishment, chastisement and crucifixion couldn’t dry it up. As humans, forgiveness for the sins and offenses of others doesn’t happen automatically because our natural default mechanism is geared towards taking revenge. So forgiveness doesn’t always happen spontaneously; it rather diffuses gradually from a gracious heart. When a Christian says, “I don’t take nonsense” and reacts with anger at every instance of both intentional and unintentional trespass of his fellow men, his Christianity is a crisis and threat to world peace and a multipler of rancor and hatred. He is no less than a spiritual terrorist against healthy relationship and peaceful living. If taking nonsense will not devalue your purity or erode your spiritual net worth but portrays you as perfect example of a true disciple of Christ, it will be profitable to embrace it, for the grace of God to multiply in your life. The fact that Christ took insult on the way to His crucifixion does not devalue His Kingdom identity as the Salt of the Earth. Because He took a dim view of His reproach by men does not erode His identity as the Light of the world. The chaos we have in the world today would have snowballed magnificently than we could see now if everyone is hell-bent on taking revenge. Healthy relationship with God and man doesn’t flow through from the heart of hatred, envy and bitterness; it rather flows from a heart of humility, obedience and willingness to give and receive forgiveness. I pray God give you a relentless heart to give and receive forgiveness in Jesus name
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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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