PRAYER: GOOD LORD, forgive me as I forgive those who trespass against me.., Amen!
WHY PRAY THIS?: JESUS said that if we loved HIM, we would keep HIS commandments (John 14:15->). Furthering, HE knew how great the HOLY SPIRIT can influence us, even to forgive others, as we would GOD forgive us. Remember HE didn’t just say we would go to church, read the Bible, or do good deeds as in our community today. It is to comprehensively keep HIS Commandment”, obeying HIM, since Our obedience is a direct reflection of our love for GOD.
I’ve witnessed “the battle for holiness”, more than I ever thought it would. It centered on the struggle to avoid sinning in response to being sinned against. I did not expect this, but it was of great note. I think this a common battle in Christianity -we who want to bring our lives into complete conformity to the teaching of Scripture, engage in the great battle for holiness, Right?
The battle for being the most loving person that you can be as GOD portrays and defines holiness in the Bible consists more than I ever thought it would in the struggle to avoid sinning in response to being sinned against. Lets NOTE the points from the Scripture, because it might sound a little complicated.
1 Peter 3:9: Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Luke 6:27: “Do good to those who hate you.”
1 Corinthians 4:12–13: When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat.
One of the greatest battles for holiness and love in Christian life is “the battle to avoid my sin in response to others sin, which I may feel against me” — for example, being sinned against by words that hurt, or by neglecting words and actions that would have helped, or by facial expressions that seem to indict or of blame, noticing patterns of behavior that seem indifferent, or disappointments that seem they could have been avoided with just a little more care. But GOD warns us concerning minding others errors. Peace be unto You!