Forgive? To Love?

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  
Matthew 6:14-15
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,cannot love God, whom they have not seen.  
1 John 4:20

God says in his word that He knocks at the door and if you open and let him in, then He enters and dwells in you. In 1998 I lived happily wrapped in the first love, and according to me, I submitted every day, I was living his word, until one day his word drilled my heart. Yes, his word, alive and effective and sharper than a double-edged sword, cut me, I had to forgive, I had to love my neighbor as myself, if not, I would not be forgiven, but loved my neighbor, I could not then love God whom I have not seen.

I enter a battle with myself, forgive? Love? How can I forgive who I hated so much, like loving whom I have repudiated so much. But the sweet word of God worked in me that I could forgive my then father. I accepted God in January of “98” months later I forgave my father, we were able to share a short period, before he died in December of “98.” I grew up hating my father from childhood because of life circumstances, but I learned that We all make mistakes when we walk without Christ. Today I can say that I live in peace because the word of God made me free, as John 8:31 and 32 says, 

“… If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I learned to love and to forgive. Today I can forgive the one who has offended me because I think that Christ forgave those who crucified him on that tree, and I am no better than my Lord. I only ask God that his immense love always covers me so that I will not be hurt and that his word will shine on my path. I hope that my testimony is of edification to a life, allows the Lord to change in your life what you can not do, and let his word penetrate you.

God bless you always, Shalom !!!!
Min. Ramona Cruz

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