TAMING YOUR EMOTIONS
Forgiveness- in the book of Mark, Jesus speaking said: “And when ye stand praying forgive, if ye have aught against any that your father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive neither will your father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses,” Mark 11 : 25 – 26.
To forgive is to pardon: let go of offence and wrongs done against you by others. Those soldiers who tortured and crucified Jesus meted physical and psychological pains to Him but before He gave up the ghost. He prayed: Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Jesus is no hypocrite. He is sincere and serious at that. He did not pray that prayer to win any political favour; after all the deed had been done. But He prayed it to show the unconditional love of God. As His people, we ought to demonstrate similar love for our God is love in nature.
You need to forgive those who trespass against you. Consider Joseph who was sold into slavery. When he exposed himself to his brothers and they feared he may revenge them of the wrong he suffered. He cried out and charged them not to be grieved; because God who determined it, to bring him to a place of honour. His speech was just a polite way of saying the evil you intended has worked out for good according to the supremacy of the overriding power of God.
And God blessed him indeed for such a heart for Isreal. His father divided an inheritance not just for him as an heir but also for his children born in Egypt. The tribe Manasseh is throughout Bible history continually mentioned.
There are people in church who are compiling records of people’s offences. The bible did not tell you to have a diary where you write down how many times people offended you. The bible teaches forgiveness. In order words let it go so that God can let His favour come upon you. The bible says that offences will surely come but woe unto them whom they came. Peter asked Jesus; “Master how many times will my brother offend me and I am expected to forgive him.” Peter intended to know when it is enough to close the bowels of mercy and forgiveness.
Jesus replying him said; “Seventy times multiplied by seventy times in one day.” This simply illustrates that it is impossible not to forgive those who trespassed against you. When we forgive others, we show God we appreciate His loving mercies and kindness towards us.and for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5). To obtain mercy here is symbolic with obtaining favour.
The Bible says the gift of a man makes way for him. Your gift and talent are secret tools of attracting favour and grace of God upon your life.
Every man is a gift. Nobody was created empty – every one of us has our unique area of strength. That is why we don’t have to be jealous of each other because what I have you don’t have. What you have I don’t have, so what is the reason for the jealousy?
When the Jews were in Babylon, the king said there should be a search in the land for young men that were skilful, knowledgeable and bring them up for royal training. Those who were fit would serve in the palace and be useful in leadership. This gesture of the king made way for Daniel and his three Hebrew compatriots. But Daniel served successive governments because of his extraordinary skills in interpretation of dreams and mysteries. Gifts paved way for him.
When Saul the king was troubled of an evil spirit, David gained early employment in the palace because of his special sills in playing musical instruments. His gift and talent opened the door to royalty for him. The only physical factor that delivered Joseph out of prison was because he had interpreted a dream for the king’s servant. So when the king had a dream and nobody could discern the meaning, the servant remembered the boy he met in prison and recommended him. The rest is history.
Your gift is a tool in your hand. You can explore it and attract the favour of God and man. When there are responsibilities in the church or society and you know it is within your natural ability and perhaps professional prowess, why wait to be lured? Get into action and let God take the glory. By this, you have done what Joseph did. When Joseph interpreted the dream and proffered solutions, the king said no one in the land had this specialized skill; so you will lead us in this land while everyone follows. Thus Joseph was made a governor throughout the land at 30. May you find such favour in Jesus name.
OFFERING TO GOD
What of Noah, the man who by favour was saved from generational calamity.
We read that: “then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelt a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living as I have done. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.
So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herb,” (Genesis 8 & 9:1).
The blessing that God pronounced upon Noah and his children after He smelt a good savour from the sacrificial offering of Noah is symbolic. From food security, Noah and His household were to live as lords upon the earth. And this foretells in many details how much our genuine and sincere offering to God can attract the favour of God upon our lives.
Solomon gave a thousand burnt offerings and in a night vision God appeared to him demanding to know what blessing he desired. The young king asked for wisdom and God made him d wisest man that ever lived on the earth before Christ.
BISHOP LAWRENCE OSAGIE