Transformational Forgiveness

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by: Carole L. Haines

God showed me something very powerful recently. A close relative was coming to visit and I started to have all kinds of resentment and anxiety about that. Feelings of anger over things they had done in the past began to surface and before I knew it, I was mad at them before they even got here. When they arrived, I realized that the person that I was mad at didn’t even exist anymore, Jesus has so transformed them that they truly are a new creature in Christ. As believers, we are in a state of constant transformation. Who I was yesterday differs even from who I am today. God’s Word tells us that in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

However, context is so important. This whole section of Scripture says:

 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.”

Wow! From now on, as we look at one another in the Body of Christ, we are never to regard each other from a worldly, or fleshly point of view. Christ is transforming us all from the inside out. We may look the same but we are not the same at all. We are given the Ministry of reconciliation. God is reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. We do not have the right to look at our brothers and sisters from a point of view that is not held by God Himself. We only have a right to see others as He sees them.

My visit with this close relative went wonderfully and I found that not only has God transformed them, but me as well. We are truly new creatures in Christ and He is our Savior and transformer. Believe this for yourself, and Your Fellow Companions in Christ. This truth has been so freeing for me, that I felt God wanted me to share it with you all. Be Blessed.

 

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May God's Truth prevail and Love triumph, where we have failed. Amen
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1 Response to Transformational Forgiveness

  1. Christine LaPorte says:

    I, like you Carole, love how at the end of the quoted verse we read that God was not holding the sins of those He was reconciling against them. God’s grace amazes me. Love you!

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