I have three gifts that need to be at the top of your list this year and the impact will be life-changing!
Gift #1 – Forgive Yourself
Quit looking back and letting your mistakes define you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us that “if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. Old things are passed away and all things become new.” Even the times where I have walked away are covered by grace, and the truth that “If I confess my sin, He is faithful and just to forgive my sin, and cleanse me from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).”
The enemy, whose surname in Revelation 12:10 is “the accuser of the brethren” has kept you in captivity long enough to the scars of your past.
Gift #2 – Forgive Others
Ephesians 4:32 instructs us to “forgive one another, even as Christ has forgiven us.”
We can forgive because we have been forgiven! Bitterness and vengeance is a prison with no bars. You hold the key.
It doesn’t mean that we forget. Instead, like God in Isaiah 43:25, it means that we choose not to remember. We choose not to hold someone’s sin against them any longer.
Gift #3 – Forgive God
In Jeremiah 20:7 the prophet Jeremiah says, “You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived…”
Even though God is not in need of forgiveness, having never sinned, He gets blamed for many things that should be attributed to the fact that we live in a fallen world.
Pain, loss, hurt, and even death will one day be finally overcome, but for now we live in a world that is fallen–a world that Christ came to redeem–and that’s the story of Christmas!
For His Glory Alone,