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Let it Go


MARCH 25, 2024

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:31-32 


The world is filled with diverse people with contrary opinions, offence is inevitable. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to navigate offence in a way that reflects the love and grace of our Savior. We are instructed this day to let it go. Yes, you heard right. Let it go! If these words triggered you, caused a flashback or brought back a memory of something that happened in the past, then this charge is for you. The Lord is asking you to let go of the offence just as He has forgiven you and allow peace to take its place (Matthew 6:14-15).  


Offense, as we know inflicts more trauma to the offended than the offender. Most of these offenders might have long forgotten the circumstances of the offence. However, the offended might have carried this burden for many years that it even affects subsequent relationships. It is time to lay off this burden at the feet of Jesus and allow him to take His place in our heart. Isaiah 10:27 (NLT) says “In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.” 


Matthew 10:16a says “Behold, I send you out as sheep amid wolves. Therefore, be wise …” as we are called to be sheep in a world of wolves, offense is unavoidable, the earlier we know this, the better it for us to deal with when it does come. We will explore some bible figures that were deeply offended, betrayed but were able to let it go and became what God had destined for them.  


Jacob in Genesis 31:7 - ‘’Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me’’. Imagine, your own father-in-law cheating, lying, deceiving, misleading you and working you hard with nothing to show for it? Jacob felt even more at the hands of Laban. He was denied his entitlements, yet he remained faithful to the end. As seen in Genesis 31: 9 - “So God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me.” Jacob gained so much more because he still held his father-in-law in high regard even in offence and God delivered him and provided much more for him. 


In 1 Samuel 19:11-12, Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him and to kill him in the morning. This experience went far beyond just hating, Saul desperately wanted to kill David. Michal, David’s wife, told him, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” David responded by letting go, in 1 Samuel 24: 15 which says, “Therefore let the Lord be judge, and judge between you and me, and see and plead my case, and deliver me out of your hand.” David went on to be blessed because even when he had the opportunity to take Saul’s life (1Samuel 24:3-6; 1 Samuel 26:9-12) he let vengeance be for the Lord.  


In all the cases we have examined today, we see that God comes through when we can let go of the offense and let Him take control. This day may the Lord come through for you on that matter where you have been cheated, offended, and oppressed. Psalms 20: 1-2 “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary and strengthen you out of Zion.” 

Song of Worship  

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy

Song by Steve Merkel

Prayer - Lord, I ask for the grace to forgive each and every one that has wronged me. I acknowledge my shortcomings too and how you have always forgiven me over and over again. Let the love of God fill my heart and make me a better person. Today, I let go of the hurt, the pain and the resentments and I accept your love Oh Lord. Amen. 
 

Bible in 1 year: Joshua 19-21

 

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