I’m so happy to have June Foster on my blog today. She’s talking about the power of forgiveness! (Preslaysa)
Forgiveness is a popular subject among Christians and in devotionals. It’s easy to talk about but not so simple to do. But for the Christian to forgive is vital. In fact, God may not forgive us of our wrongdoings, if we can’t forgive others.
“If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” Matthew 6:14-15
Wow. That’s a pretty powerful statement. But God’s word is truth, so we better take it to heart.
“But, God, you don’t understand,” I’m tempted to say sometimes. “That person told a lie which cost me my job. He hates me and has no compassion on me. Besides he’s not a Christian.”
Does that change God’s mind? I don’t think so.
“Well, God. What about my alcoholic wife who left me to raise our three children? Am I supposed to forgive her? She doesn’t deserve it.”
Forgiveness is way harder than we think, but ponder this. On the cross, Jesus said “Forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.” The Roman army pierced Jesus’ hands and feet with nails, yet he didn’t hold it against them.
All of us are like sheep and have gone astray. None of us is without sin, but did God forgive you when you sought salvation? Forgiveness is like God’s grace—letting go of someone’s wrongdoing against you. The Bible commands us to be more like Jesus.
Do we deserve forgiveness? The question has an obvious answer. No. So if God can forgive us, can’t we forgive another?
About June’s latest book “Prescription for Romance”
Though history teacher Scott Townsend made a commitment to the Lord as a teen, he can’t relinquish his bitterness toward his younger brother after he squanders their parents’ money. When a beautiful, young pharmacist seeks affirmation in a way that challenges Scott’s values, he must uphold his Christian upbringing.
About June Foster
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June’s book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC’s eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan’s Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT’s Laurel Awards.
June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Books One, Two, and Three in the Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, and What God Knew are all available from Amazon.com.
Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Lavender Fields Inn, Misty Hollow, Almond Street Mission, Restoration of the Heart, and Letting Go, all published by Forget Me Not Press, a division of Winged Publications.
June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. Find June on line at junefoster.com.