SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 CAC LIVING WATER DEVOTIONAL : TOPIC – FIND FORGIVENESS
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, September 4, 2021.
Read: Job 42:7-10
Job 43:7-10 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.
So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”
So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors (Matthew 6:12).
Many recite the above memory scripture in the model prayer even when they are yet to understand it. What that really means is, if you forgive others, God will forgive you (Matt.6v14). Somebody once said, “If you have the Spirit of God, it won’t be difficult to appeal to you to let go.” Unforgiving spirit has remained like cankerworm. It eats deep into bones and marrows of so many. God restored Job’s life after forgiving his friends (JOB 42v10-12).
Who knows the number of Christians who have failed to make Heaven (even the highly rated, highly placed, or so-called giants of faith), not due to fornication or adultery, not due to financial scandals or any questionable act…but due to u forgiveness! (Matt.18v30-32) God says vengeance belongs to Him. But many try to fight God’s fight through unforgiving spirit, towards people who have really offended them, or those they perceive have offended them.
The story was told of a man who had two sons who were morally parallel-one morally upright while the other choose to be a hardened criminal, so notorious that his father disowned him. After sometimes, the criminal son was apprehended, but He narrowly escaped death sentence. He was condemned to life imprisonment. God showed him mercy as he repented in prison. After years, he was graciously released, and he went back to his father.
To people’s amazement, his father still rejected him and would not even grant his ex-convict son any audience. Many peoe pleaded with the old man, but all to no avail! The boy had no option than to leave, with frustration. Not long after, he went back to crimes, eventually came to kill his father, and later took his own life! What caused the tragedy? The old man had refused to forgive his own son, of course!
Unforgiving spirit is an undesirable element in any home, church, or society. It breeds more enmity, and cuts off the bond of love and unity (Col.3v13). Embrace forgiveness at all time. How many times? For as much as you are offended (Matt.18v21). Forgive, for God to forgive you.
1. In Jesus name, I rid myself of unforgiving spirit.
2. Lord Jesus, I let go and forgive anybody who has imaginarily or really offended me.
3. Pray for restoration in homes that have been torn apart by lack of readiness to forgive one another.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 105:42 – 107:11, 1 Cor. 9:17 – 10:11