Forgive and Fulfill - Conclusion
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This verse reminds us that we are to operate under the Lord's authority. We are to strictly adhere to what He sanctions and unctions us to do as we flow with the Spirit of God. It is vital to utilize His methods and to rely on His wisdom and timing. People who struggle with this lack trust. They don't have full confidence in our heavenly Father. If trusting Him is an issue for you, remember this: He is never wrong. He is never late. He is never early. His wisdom and timing are always perfect. It makes no sense for imperfect humanity to follow their own thoughts and plans when the Master has made His blueprint for life available to us all.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
The wisdom of God must guide those who are willing to forgive and fulfill. To forgive is a choice, not a feeling. Forgiveness begins in the head and eventually flows to and through the heart. To forgive is a decision. It's a wise decision. Unless we give it, we can't get it. If we don't forgive others, the Lord cannot forgive us. If we hold an offence against a person, then the Lord cannot release us from the wrong that we have done.
The Lord is serious about ministry. No one who holds onto offences can successfully complete the ministry to which they have been called. Letting go frees you. Holding on keeps you bound. Ministry is not a hobby. It's not something to be tossed in a corner, halfway finished. We are charged to fully fill the call of God. He equips and prepares those He has designated for ministry. That includes everyone who has accepted His free gift of salvation. We all have work to do in the kingdom.
We know that no one who pursues the call of God gets through it without suffering some type of hurt, disappointment, lies told on them, misunderstandings and so on. Offences will surely come. It is inevitable. It will happen! But unforgiveness is like a thick rubber mat that blocks light and air. It suffocates good things. Unforgiveness creates a dark, dank breeding ground for things that fester under the cover of darkness. Anger, retaliation and resentment all germinate like run-wild weeds in the field of unforgiveness.
Let us keep our hearts pure and uncluttered so we can be used of God as He sees fit.
Enjoy a fruitful day!