Forgiveness, the Key to the Peace that Passes all Understanding

Forgiveness is always an antidote to poisoning. Unforgiveness is poison. Forgiveness is the antidote.
In the Depression of the 1920s and 30s, there lived a family in the South, with five children. They were very, very poor. They picked cotton to make a living. The conditions were: No sanitation, no power, no electricity and all that. No education. The eldest son, being a 20-year-old at that time, had to donate all his earnings, whatever they were, every penny, to his parents, to help feed the family. One day while resentment was building up inside of him, he told his parents he was leaving for the “big city.” When that young man got into the city, he saw all the different lifestyles of education, riches etc. He made friends with a rich family who helped him with some education, and he became involved in a business and was quite successful in it. The young man did not stay in touch with his parents. By this time, his resentment had grown stronger towards them because of all the possibilities and availabilities that he saw there were in the city! He could not get out of his mind why his parents had not given him what these parents of his friends had given their kids. That is what he was mad at. So, he continued on, got married, had a family of his own, and tried to put all his past in the back of his mind as best as he could.
Many years later, while his parents were still alive and old, the resentment came to a boiling point in his life. He decided that he should drive over there to them and really “straighten them out” about the failures they had with him and the family. He was gonna tell them off. The first night on the way there, he stayed in a hotel and God began to speak to Him a couple of words. By the way, this guy was not a religious guy by any means. And the conversation from God was: “What would you have done better than they if you were in that same position?” With that, the young guy had a change of heart. He turned around from his trip and did not go tell his parents off, but went back to his home. The beauty of it, was the Peace of God washed over him when he had that change of heart… he said it was the Peace that passes all understanding and he could not figure it out!! Well, the long story short is this – that this man got in touch with his parents and made everything right. Now, this man had been struck with a disease of some kind, a terminal disease. Also his wife had a disease. They even had a daughter who was disabled. But through all this, the Peace of God was in him, and made a great change in his family. And the relationship changed between him and his parents! This man passed away two years later, but on his deathbed, he kept relating the power of God in his life through forgiveness. And his wife lived many more years and she was the one that tells the story. But God changed the whole thing!
So, the key was one act, he said, it was getting rid of resentment through forgiveness.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive others.” The key to that is because we are first forgiven ourselves, then we are able to forgive others as He has forgiven us. In accepting Jesus Christ as our saviour, we see how much He has forgiven us, then we are able to forgive others because He has first forgiven us! When we discover the grace of God, how much He forgave us, then we are able to get rid of our resentments through forgiving others.
On our own power and effort, we cannot forgive anything, but when we hear Jesus’s voice (that is what this fellow did – he heard Jesus’s voice) we accept His forgiveness which gets rid of resentment and gives us the power and ability and grace to forgive others. Out of that, the Grace of God gives us the Peace that passes all understanding – we will not explain that one, we can’t!
Today, as He knocks at the door of your heart, let Him in… Let Him speak to you. Have conversation with Him. He will do miracles. God bless you, He is FOR you! He loves you very, very much.
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Jesus, Our Friend

In the 1700’s in England, during a time of economic depression, a single mom and her 20-year-old only son were really struggling to make a living. So the son heard about America and said to his mom, “Mom I am going to go down there and find some riches to help you out.” When this son was in America, he and his mom used to write letters back and forth to each other. He could not find any work of any kind. It was a new country and it was depressed as well. He was lonely and wanted to go back home. Then in one of the letters the mom wrote to him, she said she had found strength in Jesus. And in the letter, she wrote to him, “What a friend I have in Jesus, all my sins and griefs to bear, and what a privilege it is to carry everything to him in prayer.” She said she was very happy now and not lonely anymore! The burden had been lifted. It changed her whole heart. When the son got the letter from his mom, he read that and was humming these words under his breath as he walked around looking for work, and out of it all, God touched him! He became a believer in Jesus! And what happened is he put those words to a song! And it has been sung for years and still is sung around the world today, “What a Friend I Have in Jesus”. He saw the light, the guy!
Jesus knocked at the door of his heart and he let Him in, and discovered he had a Friend forever.
Jesus said after His resurrection and He left for heaven, to His disciples, that He would send another, the Person of the Holy Spirit, which is part of it all when you accept Jesus. Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth… But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.(John 14: 16,18). He will come and dwell in you. The Holy Spirit is the one who carries us through life. Part of His work in our lives is He is our guide, He empowers us, He reveals things to us, and He is our teacher, our advocate, our counsellor, and is our comforter.
Believe it today, enjoy it, may God bless you!
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Thanks for sharing it!