What is the God—kind of love ? The God-kind of love is full of kindness, and it is tenderhearted. Since God love is kind and tenderhearted, it is always ready to forgive.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Sometimes I think people interpret this verse by saying that we are to forgive people only when they are kind to us. But that’s not what the Bible says.
The Scripture doesn’t say, “Forgive one another when the offense doesn’t amount to much. But if people have done a lot against you, it’s ok not to forgive them.” The verse doesn’t read that way, but too many times that is the way people practice it.
Too many Christians allow their flesh to rule them and then wonder why they aren’t receiving God’s best in their lives. But it’s impossible to walk in the God-kind of love while allowing the flesh to rule.
ISAIAH 43: 25 says, “I even I, am He that BLOTTETH OUT THY TRANSGRESSIONS for mine own sake, and WILL NOT REMEMBER thy sins.”
HEBREWS 8: 12 says, “For I will BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
These Scriptures tell us that once we ask for forgiveness, God doesn’t remember our sins anymore. God doesn’t say, “I’m going to hold against you everything you’ve ever done, and I’m going to remind you of your sin every time I think about them.” Thank God, this verse says that when we ask for forgiveness, God will remember our sins no more.
Sometimes husbands and wives can be prone to remind each other of past mistakes every time a disagreement arises. There’s no way they can develop relationship if they keep doing that. Also, if spouses constantly remind each other of past mistakes and failures, it will ruin their prayer lives and will make their faith inoperative.
1 PETER 3: 7
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and being heirs together of the grace of life; THAT YOUR PRAYERS BE NOT HINDERED.
If husbands and wives hold unforgiveness and ill will against each other, it can affect their health, and their prayers will be hindered. Their faith won’t work.
Word for Today: "Seeing Things Differently"
What made Jesus the greatest impact on people and nations the world has ever known? That’s the question we’re examining as we explore “The Leadership Secrets of Jesus.” One trait Jesus always exhibited was the power and courage To See Things Differently. For example, on two occasions in which He raised someone from the dead, He resisted using the term “dead.” Let’s look at what He said to one grieving father, “She is not dead, she is sleeping.” His perception of the challenge He faced was different from everyone else’s. My question for you is, “What problem do you need to start seeing differently today?”