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What This World Needs Most

May 16, 2017, 10:23 AM

No, its not Burt Bacharach and love, sweet love.  Although, love enables what the world needs most.  But, what the world really needs is to forgive and to be forgiven.  

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

Learn to forgive and to forget.  In theory, reconciliation seems to be a fairly simple concept.  Until it happens to you, or someone you love.  

Someone hurts you, you hurt them, or maybe both.  You get over it, forgive each other, and live happily ever after.  No grudges are held, no resentment ever lingers, and no retribution is ever sought.  No problem right?

The world would be a far better place if it were really that easy.  The problem is it is not.

Two things we need to learn as quickly is possible:

1.  Hurtful words and wrongful actions have a devastating impact with real consequences.  

2.  How to forgive and forget when others commit hurtful words or actions against us.  

Few things in this life are as difficult as true forgiveness.  To resolve such deeply felt anger and resentment is to let loose forever the wrongs that were committing in the first place.  To forgive but not forget is to never really forgive in the first place.  To not forgive is deny yourself the peace that accompanies true forgiveness.  

To put into perspective of your need to forgive and forget, let me remind you of God’s forgiveness.  What if God judged us the same way as we do for those who have hurt us or someone we care about?  We all have family, friends, fellow church members, or co-workers who have let us down over the course of time. But, how many times have we failed God?  And yet, he never puts up the same walls as we do with others.  

Wait, but we are not God you say?  True, but forgiveness through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection is the root of the Christian life.  As Christians, we are to follow his example.  By His example and leading it is possible to break down those mile high-mile wide walls that separate us from others.  

Pursuing reconciliation with others shows that we understand and appreciate what God did in forgiving and forgetting our sin.   If our sin against God is forgiven, it is possible, in fact mandated that we forgive others their mistakes against us.  

Forgiveness is possible because of and through the power of Jesus Christ if you have turned to Him as your Savior.  Without His forgiveness through the Cross you could never spend eternity in Heaven with Him.  Forgiveness is what you need most from Him and is offered freely and completely because He loves you. 

Isn’t there someone with whom you need to forgive?  Won’t you do it today?

After all, it is what we all need most in this world:  To be forgiven and to forgive.