A Forgiving Heart
With everything in life there are positives and negatives, pros and cons, ups and downs, good versus evil. There are external forces at play that come against us and knock us off course. You can be happily going about your business and - wham/bam/pow - down you go, out for the count. That is the world we find ourselves living in.
Sir Isaac Newton, born in the mid 1600’s was an English mathematician, astronomer, theologian, author and physicist. He is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time. He is known for many things but one of the main ones are for his formulation of the laws of motion.
Newton’s three laws of motion are:
· that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force.
· that the acceleration of an object is dependent upon two variables - the net force acting upon the object and the mass of the object.
· for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
So you may be wondering what does Newton’s Laws of Motion have to do with the title of my journal this week - because of the fallen world we live in, if there is forgiveness then there must exist unforgiveness and visa versa. If forgiveness plays a part in your life, then unforgiveness is being repelled with the same force. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
For every act of forgiveness – there is an equal and opposite reaction to unforgiveness.
For every act of unforgiveness – there is an equal and opposite reaction to forgiveness.
Matt 6:14-15 says…For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The Lord has called us to have a forgiving heart. If we don’t then the consequences are pretty clear…our Heavenly Father cannot forgive us! Let’s not hold onto unforgiveness – it will only breed resentment, hurt and bitterness – but allow an equal and opposite reaction to unforgiveness be in our lives…that is forgiveness.