If God Had Waited

If God had waited when He’d been wronged,
When His creation was altered from the way it belonged,
We wouldn’t have seen Him immediately begin
To set forth His plan to atone for man’s sin.
In our terms, it “hurt” that man disobeyed,
Ruining the perfection that He had made.
But stubborn resentment is not recorded–
No, provision and care were quickly afforded.
For their sin He would send them a righteous Savior
To gain back for them unmerited favor.
And until the promise of that was fulfilled,
He cared for mankind so that trust would be instilled.
Taking offense isn’t what we should do,
But returning with love is tried and true.
So why do you now in your life wait so long
For an apology for what you feel has been wrong
That another may have done to you–
Just forgive and forget right away and start new.
Or perhaps it’s you who should apologize;
Remember, waiting breaks fellowship and is really unwise.
Jesus said, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive.”
You’ll find that it’s freeing and the best way to live.

P. A. Oltrogge

“And Jesus answered saying to them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.'”

Mark 11:22-26

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