The Daily Challenge
by D. E. Stribling
We Can Forgive Others In His Name
abundant life Christ instills in us compels action toward our fellow man.
Our creative interaction with others demonstrates the love of God.
God’s forgiveness is infinite. We can repent, ask forgiveness, and know in faith that it is granted, for Christ sits at the Father's right hand interceding for us.
This reminder of God's forgiving nature is good to share with one another. It is good Christian conversation at church, at the work place, or on the phone. Because we have His nature in us we can even forgive others, not just those who have wronged us. In His Name we can forgive, “and it will be forgiven in heaven.” My forgiveness of another is an extension of God's love and forgiveness.
I was recently reminded to forgive. A survey of five large churches in my city revealed that budgeted local giving to the poor was $14 per year per member (four cents per day). That was the largest amount of the five. In the Old Testament tithe/storehouse arrangement, almost 30% of storehouse money was given to the Levites and to the poor. That Oklahoma City church is giving less the 2% and the others even less. Outrageous!
But I choose to forgive. God does not overlook their greed, neither do I. But I know he is full of grace and so do I want to be. Give me the grace Father.
Father, I forgive them. I ask, in Jesus Name that you too forgive them. Make us all as generous with our weak brothers and sisters as you were with us at the Cross.