Persevering with a Heavenly Perspective
05/22/22 – 05/31/22
Forgive and Forget
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 05/24/22
Some people understand God’s redemptive plan for their lives, and yet they fail to see how He can use them for His Kingdom work. They feel as though their lives have been stained too deeply by sin, disqualifying them from service. This is not true.
God’s plan for our lives is one of hope. He never looks back and reminds us of our past transgressions. He never says, “If only you had not done this or that, then I could use you.” These are words the enemy uses to discourage us and keep us from being all that we can be for the Lord.
God’s purpose in saving us was not just to save us from eternal death and torment. His purpose was to save us so that we could learn to love Him the way that He loves us. Once He forgives our sins, He forgets them. What a glorious reminder of God’s unconditional love.
However, just like Paul, we were not saved merely to enjoy God’s love. We were saved with a purpose in mind: to tell others about His saving grace. This is what Paul did. Once Christ saved him, once Christ returned his earthly sight, and once Christ prepared him, Paul began to do some serious Kingdom work. And you can, too.
Maybe you have struggled with an emotional problem and have received God’s deliverance. Won’t you be available for God to use you in someone else’s life? You may think, “No one could possibly struggle with the sin that I have fought.” Many have—and many need to know there is a way through the darkness through Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, it is hard to understand how You could possibly use me for Your glory, but I know this is exactly what You want to do. I give my life to You and ask that You would use me so that others will experience Your wondrous grace. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).