Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Break Out – Day 4

Break out and dare to forgive

Bible text(s)

12As far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our sins from us.

Psalms 103:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

18The LORD says, “Now, let's settle the matter. You are stained red with sin, but I will wash you as clean as snow. Although your stains are deep red, you will be as white as wool.

Isaiah 1:18GNBOpen in Bible reader

22I have swept your sins away like a cloud.

Come back to me; I am the one who saves you.”

Isaiah 44:22GNBOpen in Bible reader

A priest was very sceptical as he spoke to a woman claiming God appeared to her in person. He decided to test if she was lying. “Madam,” he said, “if God appears to you again, ask him to tell you about my secret sin that only he knows about.” The woman agreed.

A month later, the priest returned to the woman. “So, madam,” he began sneering, “have you asked God to tell you my secret sin?” She answered, “Yes I did.” Shocked, the priest continued, almost too afraid to ask, “And what did he say?” To his surprise, she answered, “God asked: ‘What sin?’ ” And then continued: “Tell the priest when I forgive a sin, I also forget it.”

In Psalm 103:12 we read: “He (God) has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” In Isaiah 1:18 we read God’s words: “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.” Also in Isaiah 44:22, God says: “I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.”

God forgives and forgets our sins when we truly repent and turn away from it. Do you also forgive and forget the trespass of a fellow man who sinned against you, but who showed true repentance? One of the enemy’s aims is to ensure that we cling to our unforgiving attitude as long as possible, because he knows that it not only steals our joy and peace in our lives, but also prevents us from experiencing a life of abundance. An unforgiving attitude eventually converts into bitterness and bitterness slowly kills us.

How does the enemy do it? He makes us believe that we are weak if we forgive, as forgiveness means giving up your right to repay evil with evil. The truth, however, is that the longer we keep a grudge, the longer we will suffer.

Who do you need to forgive? Choose today to break out of the enemy’s clutches (with the help of the Holy Spirit) and forgive your fellow man who sinned against you. You might be amazed at how God sets you free and how you (perhaps for the first time) truly experience a life in abundance. God bless.

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