Project Bible 365: Day (04)
Today’s message will be based on the topic of forgiveness. Forgiveness is important in the Christian walk because it solidifies change and the appearance of putting on the new man.
Today, I want to take the time to let go of the past and forgive, and also ask for forgiveness from others in my past. In my effort to be this ultra tough guy in my past, I was rude, and my words often cut deep. I had a vicious attitude all because I didn’t fit in to any school that I attended whether it be private Christian schools, wearing uniforms, grade school, middle school and high school.
Most of my battling the opposition began in the classroom during fourth grade French class because as we know no one pays attention in French class, NO ONE! My rather unfavourable attitude progressed in middle school. I would openly admit that my attitude as a preteen was horrible.
One factor to this issue was the fact that I enjoyed watching professional wrestling. I especially liked the back talk. One figure in particular that had a skill for offending people in wrestling world was The Rock. Dwayne Johnson. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had such a foul mouth in my youth because I paid attention to the wrong things.
One of comments I made to a girl, I liked in middle school was so obscene I can’t bring myself to repeat it. The comment and gesture was so offensive that I’m sure if my grandmother heard me on the playground that day she would gladly put a bar a soap in my mouth and strap me.
So why is talking about forgiveness important? It’s important because Christ forgave us first. That would give us the strength to forgive others for their wrong doings. I don’t ask forgiveness from others alone. I am also letting go and forgiving people that have done wrong to me. I once discussed a pressing matter about the changing of life’s role as far as work goes and of course my interviewee was none other than the famous “Lucy.”
Who I spoke about in a previous blog titled breaking through life’s glass ceilings.
My only opition is to apologize to Lucy. However even more than that, I think it should be noted that if I had that opition of talking to my 12 year old self that day on the playground. I would slap some sense into the younger verison of me. I would also remind him that if “I don’t like people talking bad about me, than I have no right to talk bad about other people.”
The 12th chapter of Romans tells us how to act around the people of the world.
Romans 12:17-21King James Version (KJV)
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Some more scripture confirms just how many times we should forgive those who do us wrong.
Matthew 18:21-22King James Version (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
One of the true marks of being a real Bible believing Christian is asking for forgiveness. This is indication to the outside world. It shows the world that you have repented and turned from your former ways.
It also validates scripture when the Apostle Paul talks about putting on the new man.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away ; behold , all things are become new.
Now it must be understood I didn’t write the blog post on the this topic with with the intention of boasting of self, but rather spreading the love of Christ that is often misunderstood by the human mind because of the constant need for new translations of the Bible.
There are so many translations of scripture it’s no wonder why people are so confused about the Bible these days. However it must understood that God is not the one confusing people with scripture. it’s man’s personal interpretation that makes the Bible confusing. The blame is not with God. The blame is with man but than again, that’s an topic for another day in this, Project Bible 365.