To think that there are actually people who read owner’s manuals from cover-to-cover is quite impressive to me. I’m not one of them. I don’t spend a lot deal of time reading the owner’s manual when I purchase a new product. Sure, I look at the diagrams and generally glance through the chapters, but my primary goal is to familiarize myself with only what I need to know to make the product run.
There are, however, certain drawbacks to not reading the owner’s manual: when product assembly is required, invariably there are a few leftover parts and pieces. “Hum, I wonder what this part is for?” Shoot, what are a few extra blots, washers, or plastic things, when the product seems to operate just fine?
Forgiveness doesn’t always assemble very well. Oh sure, we understand how important forgiveness is, but there are parts and pieces to forgiveness that just don’t seem to fit. We might even understand the fact that Jesus forgave us, but forgiving others is the part that’s difficult to bolt down. We may even know some dear souls who have thrown that part away.
In reading the Lord’s Owner’s Manual…
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Chris, to the glory and praise of God” Philippians 1:9-11.
If you are the righteousness of God in Christ and you are seated with Him—as a justified and completely washed and forgiven child of God—then who am I to withhold forgiveness from you? To know this spiritually, by faith, is to know forgiveness on a whole new level. As you can see, these two parts fit together perfectly!
The audio file, “Reading the Owner’s Manual,” takes a deeper look at unforgiveness and its impact on our life. I pray you will find encouragement to let it go… The audio link is under LISTEN TO →
All for His Glory,
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