"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins."
She was crazy. Everyone knew it because she had the habit of talking to herself in public and it was known that she believed she even talked to Jesus – and was spoken back to. A new preacher came to town and hearing of the crazy woman, thought that he might be able to make her face reality.
One day, as he saw her walking down the street he spoke to her and eventually got around to asking, “I hear you talk to Jesus.”
“Yes,” she replied. “Jesus and I talk for just hours and hours.”
“Would you do me a favor?” The minister asked. “Could you ask Him something for me?”
“Why of course,” the old woman responded.
“Would you ask Jesus what the last sin was that I confessed to Him?”
“Certainly,” she replied.
The next day, the preacher saw the crazy woman just down the street and so he approached her and asked, “Well, did you talk to Jesus last night?”
“Why, I surely did,” she squealed.
“What did He say was the last sin was that I confessed to Him?” the preacher coyly asked.
“Why, He said He didn’t remember.” Hebrews 10:17 says, "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." What a gift. You and I tend to forgive but not forget. Jesus not only forgives our sins, He completely puts them out of His mind.
Chris Williams demonstrated complete forgiveness in a very practical way by his actions after the tragic death of most of his family. Forgiveness and the power of Jesus Christ enabled this man to survive losing his wife and several children in a car accident - and allowed the offending driver to begin rebuilding his own life.
Lord, I thank you for the blessing of forgiveness, and I humbly ask you for the strength to forgive __________. Help me to see the goodness in this person, to relinquish the anger that I’m experiencing so that I can walk in the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Help me to heal from this incident and to release any bitterness that I may be harboring.
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