A Forgiving Spirit .

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A Forgiving Spirit .

This is such a good devotional for me and well as you . Food for thought .for sure and all of us as Christians need to have a forgiving spirit . When we don't hold grudges .... bitterness will not set in . I thought it was interesting that he said people who tear people down think that they are doing it to build themselves up . Ultimately in the end it is them that suffer cause it comes back to them and they are not happy people but are always full of anger . You and I have met people like that or we know people like that . Lets be Christians with forgiving spirits .



June 5, 2010
A Forgiving Spirit
By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
How did Moses respond to the criticism of Aaron and Miriam? He exhibited a forgiving spirit. He could have lashed out and said things that would have been justified. He could have accused them of hypocrisy. He could have defended himself.

Sometimes it is necessary to defend ourselves, but in this case Moses did not. He remembered that Miriam was part of God's plan in saving him from a watery grave as a child. He did not forget that Miriam sang the song of praise after they crossed the Red Sea. He thought of Aaron standing with him against Pharaoh.

Do you know the reason why people try to tear someone else down? To build themselves up. If we remember that God has a purpose and a plan for each of us, then we do not need to be negative and critical toward others. In His eyes we are all equal.

Not only does God choose to use us for His purpose, He also stands between us and those who would seek to slander and harm. While it may seem like a long time before God acts, He will.

How do you respond to criticism born out of jealousy and envy? Pray for opportunities to minister to the person. Instead of being glad that Miriam was punished with leprosy, Moses cried out to God to heal her. God responded to Moses's prayer even though He did not heal Miriam instantly. God taught Israel that you could not make false accusations without consequences.

Are you a critical person? Or are you suffering from unjust criticism? Take your requests to the Lord today. Let Him deal with the one criticizing you, or your own critical spirit.


"Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" (Numbers 12:2).
 
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Matt 6:15
But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It may not be too difficult to say we forgive...but we really need to forgive with our hearts (totally)
 
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Matt 6:15
But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It may not be too difficult to say we forgive...but we really need to forgive with our hearts (totally)
That's right and forgiveness is not something that is easy to do if it is something that some one has done to you but as followers of Jesus Christ , it is paramount . If people would also realize frogiveness also open up the windows of heaven and pours down a blessing upon us and our prayer life is liberated and we feel the freedom that only Jesus Christ can give.

Why do we want to hold on to past hurts ? Maybe that person does not even know and we are the ones in bondage ..... not them . We are the ones who give into our emotions of anger and bitterness , instead of offering forgiveness .