Cleansing through Forgiveness

Help us, Lord, to “rise above….”
How can we do it? Through Your love.

We’re to love and pray for our enemies or those who mistreat us, You’ve said.
Surely for them, Your redeeming blood on Calvary was also shed.

Even if they’ve opposed or hurt us to any kind of degree,
we can’t love God, whom we’ve not seen, if we don’t love those we see.

To forgive, for us, is sometimes a very difficult task;
but You can give us Your love for them, and grace in such situations, if we will ask.

When on trial and, then, on the cross, Jesus’ example was displayed.
As He asked His Father to forgive, we must forgive before we’ve prayed.

Love doesn’t take into account the wrongs that we’ve withstood.
To forgive others, through God’s help, is “overcoming evil with good.”

P. A. Oltrogge

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:43-48

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“If someone says, ”I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” 1 John 4:20-21

“When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.” Luke 23:33-34

“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” Mark 11:25

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

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