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Forgive – Pull Up A Chair

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Weariness can sometimes come from our own personal sin. God does not impute our trespasses unto us! What a wonderful thought!

Noah Webster defines “imputing” as:

Charging to the account of; attributing; ascribing.

Strong’s defines it as:

Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

***Sigh*** This is such a conviction to me! God does not charge my sin to my account. Not only that, He doesn’t even take an inventory of my sin.

I cannot say that I have followed God’s leading in this area. How many times have I been miserable within because I could not forget a trespass against me. God has used this to prick my heart and show me that I cannot move forward in my spiritual walk unless I follow His pattern.

When we do not heed to the Holy Spirit’s convictions, it is as if our feet are planted in mud. At first, it is slightly difficult to walk in mud. However, as our feet become more and more covered in the mud, we find it is harder and harder to pull our feet out and move forward due to the weight we’ve accumulated. This is a wonderful analogy … the result of heavy weighted mud is the same result as when we harbor ill feelings toward another.

Hebrews 12:14-15 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (14) Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (15)

When I am at peace with all men, I can’t harbor grudges or ill feelings. I cannot push forward for the Lord when my heart is in this state. If I succumb to this sin, I only fill my spirit with exactly what the devil wants. If I dwell in this state long enough, I will become weary. I will become self absorbed.  I will have my eyes on me and not on the Lord. This is not what God wants for me.

I am to be as He is. I am to be molded into His likeness by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in my life. As I submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading, I become more Christ-like in my nature. In turn, I will treat those who have offended me in the same manner as God treats me. I will forgive them – I won’t hold their offense against them – I will not keep an inventory of what they have done! Since God does not take an inventory of my sin, nor does He charge my account or remember my sins, why should I?!

If you are experiencing weariness, take spiritual inventory of your walk and be sure to remove this sin from your life so you can be free from its bondage.  Weariness can become burden – it can place you under bondage.  Forsake it and let the Holy Spirit heal you and bring you sweet peace!

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!