One to another
Luke 17 vs 3
“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.”
I had never really thought about this until I listened to someone preach on the need for repentance; the need to stop, introspect and correct the wrongs one might be doing.
It is so much easier to see what people do to us, the wrongs they perpetuate on a daily basis and the resultant anger we have towards them for the things they do that we don’t like.
However, when you closely analyse the basis of which we are all called by Christ, it is essentially to turn from our wayward ways and follow Him. Being good can sometimes be one of the most difficult things one is tasked with doing, it’s a lot easier to be nasty.
We are all called to something greater than what we know, the second coming is an ideal proposition that has been presented to us, but in between the rigours of life it is sometimes easy to forget that we have been promised a better life than this, if only we play our part.
God keeps every promise that He makes, He has proven it before. Those he had promised something better and they cooperated, crossed over to Canaan, despite the fact that at every turn they grumbled, rebelled and did wrong.
The lesson to be learnt from that is that everyone who defied what the Lord had said or instructed never made it to the Promised Land. The same applies with us today, every day that we fail to repent and live on the basis of the instruction we have been given, despite the promise of forgiveness, we delay from the intended.
Everyone has been given the option to live in Christ; the choice is ours whether we decide to take up the offer or not. It sometimes seems easier to just run from Him rather than do what He has asked. We all have a duty of care, to try each day to be right with our maker. That involves diligently seeking Him and crying out to him for forgiveness and restoration when we do wrong.
It is sometimes easier to petition our requests to Him and blame Him for the unanswered prayers, the pain and the difficulties we sometimes encounter. The truth is even though His love and grace is unconditional, we have a responsibility to humbly approach his throne and ask Him to forgive us for the wrong that we do.
As we work towards finding His will for our lives, let us also take the time to repent of our sins one to another, to seek forgiveness from those we have wronged and also forgive those that have wronged us.
His plan for both you and I is perfect, it is a better tomorrow for each one of us. Let us play our part by abiding in His glory and majesty.
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