Our last blog posting dealt with forgiveness. Some of the most difficult people to forgive are those closest to you. Whether it be yourself or loved ones who have hurt you horribly.
Today, let’s consider the scenario between Judas and Jesus. Which one was able to initiate any kind of an act of forgiveness?
In John MacArthur's daily devotional entitled Drawing Near, John points out on May 28th, that “God can use even a Judas to accomplish His purposes. Undoubtedly there are people in your life who wish you harm. Don’t be discouraged. They are as much a part of God’s plan for you as those who treat you kindly. You must reach out to them just as Jesus reached out to Judas. God knows what He’s doing. Trust Him, and rejoice as you see His purposes accomplished even through your enemies.”
Sometimes you are your own worst enemy. And sometimes you find if nearly impossible to forgive yourself for what you’ve done. Judas found himself in this spot and the only solution he could come up with was to take his own life. He didn’t have Jesus in his life…the One who could show him how to forgive himself and to have that inner conviction that would allow him to know that he was forgiven by the one he betrayed. Forgiveness will look and feel much different once you invite the Lord into your life. Have you invited Him in? Once you do, then you’ll begin to recognize why it is He wants you to live a life characterized and identified by love and forgiveness…He even set the greatest example for all of us to follow. He laid His life down for even Judas, but Judas took his own personal life. There’s a big difference when done God’s way.
Practicing His Presence,
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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