A FORGIVING HEART 2

Easter-Cakes again

 

 

The story of Easter precedes its traditions, so while you can have fun with the eggs and the bunnies and the cakes if you wish, you mustn’t forget how it all began and what it’s all about.
God’s love for mankind demonstrated through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross of Calvary is the reason for this season. Our creator gathers us with His long arms of mercy, compassion and forgiveness, gently steering us off the path of disobedience to that of righteousness. Through Adam sin entered the world and all souls stood condemned, and worse, left at the mercy of the devil. But today, it’s a different story; we are forgiven, with our souls redeemed back to God because Jesus died for us. And through the help of the Spirit of God living in us we are being changed, remolded to be like God.

Frankly speaking some of us are resisting the Spirit of God, refusing to change form. We want to remain vindictive and vengeful while claiming to love God, just like Jonah.

Jonah said: “Out of the belly of sheol I cried, and you heard my voice,” (Jonah2 vs. 2).

Why should God hear Jonah’s voice? He wasn’t perfect. Yes in all fairness, compared to the average corrupt citizen of Nineveh, he was a saint but anyone who willfully disobeys God cannot claim to deserve God’s mercy, he or she can only pray and hope to receive it, as one receives a gift of goodwill from someone with a large heart. The indignation of Jonah is unwarranted, that he would rather see Nineveh burn just as predicted, rather than enjoy God’s redeeming love depicts him as arrogant and proud. It couldn’t have been the same spirit that was in Moses, who interceded for Israel, when God, on the brink of anger threatened to destroy the entire rebellious nation; Exodus 32 vs. 11-14. Or in David who mourned the disgraceful fall of Saul, his arch enemy, 2 Samuel 1 vs. 17 – 27. Or in Samuel, who didn’t scoff at Saul for being such a disappointment but mourned that giant’s misfortune before moving on with God’s new agenda; 1 Samuel 15 vs. 35, 1 Samuel 16 vs. 1. It will take a gentle and meek spirit to generate pity, compassion, mercy and ultimately, forgiveness for the undeserving.

 
EASTER BUNNY 2

 

“That which is born out of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born out of the Spirit is spirit”- John 2 vs. 6.

While a vengeful heart is natural to anyone who does not have the Spirit of God dwelling in him or her, a forgiving heart ought to be the supernatural condition of the heart of a child of God. That is not to say that anyone who isn’t a Christian is incapable of showing mercy, but that if they don’t they’re attitude can be explained as not knowing better. But if someone claims to be in Christ, he or she has no excuse to be cold and cruel.

 

 

EASTER BUNNY

 

 

 

 

We serve a God who says, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first”, John 8 vs. 7. And who says, “But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother, in the day of his captivity; nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; nor should you have spoken proudly in the day of distress”, Obadiah 1 vs. 12. God is too compassionate, loving and merciful to take joy in seeing anyone suffer, even His wayward children. God’s way is compassion, is it your way? Can you stomach it when prodigal sons and daughters repent and receive forgiveness? Can you appreciate it when forgiveness provokes mercy and impending destruction is averted? Or is there something in you that would prefer that those who are lost be gorged on, right into the pit of God’s vengeful wrath? Well, God would rather win a soul than lose it. In Luke 15 vs. 7, Jesus said; “I say to you that likewise, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine persons who need no repentance.”

 

EASTER EGGS

 

 

Dear friend of Jesus,

The urge to have pity must be stronger than the thirst for revenge in your heart. If it is not in you to be compassionate then it’s not okay. You should be as worried as a fish that can’t swim, or a bird that can’t fly or a lion that can’t roar. To love God but find it difficult to forgive people who wrong God or wrong you personally, even when they ask for forgiveness, calls for prayer. You need to have the spirit of God recondition your heart, make it tender and meek and humble. We all need hearts that synchronizes with the nature of God, so that people don’t begin to wonder who we resemble, as I did wonder about Jonah. I mean look at us, we can celebrate Easter because God choose to give us a chance to repent and be saved rather than decree our doom and not falter.

Yours Truly,

Moni,

Hephzibah ministries.

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