Have you ever notice that when God is trying to convey something to His people that you will hear multiple ministers speak from the same subject? Well there is a lot being said about forgiveness these days and I believe because it is the key to inner healing and wholeness in God. Yet in still it is a struggle for many of us to forgive those who wrong us. We often like living in a place of offense because we somehow feel empowered by those feelings when in fact we are powerless. Think about it we waste a lot of energy and thought on people or persons who have moved on in life and some are not even aware that they have offended you.
My husband has been teaching on this subject as well. He titled it, who offended you and stop you from your miracle? The truth unforgiveness has blocked us from receiving from God and stops us from moving forward in our destinies. If we are to be followers of Jesus did he not set the example? As He was being the sacrifice for my sins and yours He said in Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” This He asked of the Father for those who had beaten Him and nailed Him to a cross. I know that some of you have been abused physically, emotionally and spiritually. Seek to forgive those who have wronged you. Colossians 3:13 admonishes us to “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Lastly, forgive yourself don‘t allow guilt or shame paralyze you experiencing all God has for you. Some guilt and shame that we carry is often false, because we have blamed ourselves for what happen to us and it was not our fault. For those of us who know Christ as our savior it Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For those of you who do not know Christ but want to know and His forgiveness read this passage and accept Christ today that you may know the ultimate power of forgiveness. Romans 10:9-10 states 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Who is that you see when you look the mirror? As women we tend to focus on what we see as our imperfections which means we focus on the outward appearance. Look pass the physical and what comes to your mind as you are looking at yourself? How do you feel about yourself? In other words what do you feel that you are worth?
In the not so distant past, I spent one night in hotel alone compliments of my husband for my birthday. It was part of a 3 day sabbatical from my job. This was during a time when I was deeply seeking answers from God. I relaxed, prayed and praised God in that room seeking clarity about a ministry that was in my heart.
I enjoyed the peace and quiet. Treated myself to my favorite takeout. I woke the next morning continuing in prayer and praise before checking out. I spent the rest of the day window shopping with a deep disappointment that I did not have any answers.
When I got home on that Friday, I was regretting having to say to my husband that I have no more revelation than when I left. I was quite surprised on Saturday morning when Lord began speaking to me about the purpose of my sabbatical. It was not about ministry it was about me and he started revealing things to me about me. I have been on this discovery of self worth and allowing the Lord to reveal to me the true me for about five years.
Our self worth can be based on our past and present opinions of ourselves or others. I don’t know about you but, I have times when I am more concerned about the opinion of others and how they perceive me. I am a work in progress and it has taken my mid-forties to begin to become comfortable with who I am and who God created me to be. God is revealing things about myself that I have not been paying close attention too as well as strengthening me daily to accept myself. This is the key, self acceptance.
Accepting ones self is most important. Learning to enjoy our own company is necessary. Relying on others to validate you is not necessary. What God says about you is most important. My word of encouragement is learn to embrace your uniqueness and allow God to show exactly who you are which is so much more than others opinions and put downs. You are so worthy of all God has planned for you. Remember Esther became Queen and so are you.