when we pray…
forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
…do we mean it?
here’s a little ‘imagination exercise” for you…
in revelation 11, there are two witnesses who will prophesy for 1,260 days, & are given special powers. there is a lot of speculation about their identity, or what it means, but let’s just use a little imagination.
so… imagine with me if you will, what if god raised up robert mugabe & joseph kony (the famous one) to be his prophets? could you handle that?
how about osama bin laden & saddam hussein?
is there a limit to god’s grace? how about your grace?
lets make it personal… imagine the two people who have hurt or damaged your life the most. could you rejoice to see god raise them up to a position of honor in the kingdom?
this post was inspired by a recent discussion with friends. i suggested we pray for robert mugabe. someone said half jokingly to pray for a fast & painless death. i said no, to pray for blessing…
long story short, one of the guys refused to agree with this. (so we prayed to bless zimbabwe instead)
now let me say that i live in a peaceful country, & have not experienced anything like genocide & torture first hand. in contrast, my friend grew up in zimbabwe. for him it was personal.
i can’t honestly say i know what that is like. i don’t know how far my forgiveness would go if i was in the same situation.
but the bottom line is… choose forgiveness. choose to bless.
that’s what daddy god does. that’s what jesus did.
[ image is from “Justinen Creative Group” via Washing Osama’s Feet » Blog » Greg Boyd. ]