I Can’t Throw the Stone
Not too long ago I was in a position to do some harm all by myself with nobody’s help. I had been wronged and I felt it was my duty to take action. In the eyes of a few well intended friends around me, not only did I have the right, but I was more that justified to take matters into my own hands. Some of these friends, out of pure ignorance, went as far as to put stones in my hands. Stones that I was now holding in my fist.
My heart was willing to overlook the offenses, but my hands were holding tight to the stones that somehow were clinging onto me.
*How to move my feet to walk across that bridge of forgiveness?
*How to wash my hands in love and not strike back?
*How to let go of the stones I had no right to be holding?
I called out to God for help, and with a single embrace of His love, these questions that had haunted me for days, were answered without one word ever being spoken.
… His love covers multitude of wrongs.
In His love I lost my grip to the stones I was holding in my hands. I couldn’t throw the stone. Who was I to cast a stone? I had been loved and forgiven many times.
I was not qualified to be their judge, but I was more than qualified to forgive them and when I did, I was set free from the hurt, the shame, and the sadness that was trying to drain life away from me. I forgave.
To Forgive or Not to Forgive… Is a question we all have to answer soon or later.
Get some insight from the Bible to help you make the right choice.
*Proverbs 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
*Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
*Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends..
*John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved
*2 Timothy 2:22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure
*Luke 6:3 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
*1 Peter 4:8 His love covers multitude of wrongs.
Guard your Heart
*1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.
*Proverbs 24:29 Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
*Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
*Matthew 6:9-13 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
*Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Love your brother
*Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you
*Colossians 3:13 Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
*1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
*Luke 17:3-4 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”