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I should probably be in the bed right now.  It is 3am and I just got home.  I took my mom and brother tho their church just now.  They are leaving on a mission trip.  Driving 1/2 hour at this time of night, you do a lot of thinking.  All this time, I have been trying to figure out how to proceed with our steps in song finding.  Forgiveness or trusting?  As it turns out, the two go hand-in-hand.  And so - that is where I'm going.

 


You see, in order to truly forgive someone, you must lay aside all hurt, anger, bitterness.  Upon doing that, you are trusting God to handle things His way.  By the same token, if you truly trust God to order and direct your life - all of it - then you will forgive those who hurt you.

 


Look closely at David's life.  You may also want to explore other books of the Word such as 1&2 Kings and 1&2 Samuel.  There are many stories in which the main subject - David, Elijah, Samuel, Elisha, etc - had to not only forgive someone but trust God at the same time.  Very often you will read someone telling God "You are my Rock" or "In You I put my trust."  These are often said after God has delivered that person from danger, hurt, etc. 

 


One example is that of David and Saul.  There are several times when Saul tried to kill David.  But David forgave Saul, trusting God to work things out in His way for David's benefit.   When David cut the edge of Saul's robe, he could easily have chosen unforgiveness and distrusted God and then proceeded to kill Saul.  But he did not.  He fully trusted God's plan and, in doing so, he forgave Saul.

 


Does this mean we have to trust the husband, wife, parent, child, friend, coworker, church, corporation, denomination, etc that hurt or offended us?  I dare say - no.  There are many times and people that merit a certain level - if not total - distrust.  We would be foolish to blindly trust people.  However, we should blindly trust God.  My reasoning?

 


1. Pedophiles.  Can they be saved by the grace and blood of Christ?  Yes.  But will I trust them to teach the toddler's Sunday School class?  No.  "But why Tiffany?  Don't you believe people can change?"  (I know someone just thought that.)  I do believe we can all change.  But I also know we are all human - and because of that, we can all screw up.  And we all have.

 


2. My own experience.  As I stated in my previous posting, I have been inexplicably hurt.  But I chose to forgive every single person involved.  That said, I do not trust any of them.  And I may never.  But I do trust that God has had a plan all along and that plan will be fulfilled in His time.  How can I trust that? 

 


Phillipians 1:6 says "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."  His Word is Truth.  I must stand  on the Truth.  And, in doing so, I must forgive.  You simply can't have one without the other.

 


Please continue to read through Psalms.  Look for patterns in David's walk with God.  His prayers, praise, repentance, worship...everything.  We are not David, but we can pattern our walk with God after his, helping us to remain in a right relationship with Him.

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 For the believer Christ died to forgive us how can we not forgive.   Forgiveness sets us free rather we are a believer or not.  We say to the person we feel has wronged us  I do not want retribution for the hurt you caused me.    


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Batgirl - I think you may have your people mixed up - but I figured it out. :)


I think you missed something when reading my post.  I said we can and should forgive pedophiles but it would be unwise to completely trust one enough to teach the children's class.  I haven't been hurt by such a person, it was just a clear way to make a point. People can and do change, but why would we want to put the same temptation in front of that person?  We wouldn't.


As for forgiving people - it is not an option.  Yes- we choose our battles.  But according to God's Holy Word, we must forgive everyone, regardless of their sin against us or others.  I have completely forgiven the people who have hurt me in my past.  But I don't have to trust them.  I hold no ought against them.  But I won't be putting my confidence in them.


I apologize if my post was confusing or misleading.  It was a post to bring a simple message - forgiveness and trust in GOD go hand-in-hand.  To forgive others, you must trust Him for His will.  To trust Him in His will, you must forgive others - for they are part of a bigger plan.

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Batgirl - I think you may have your people mixed up - but I figured it out. :)


I think you missed something when reading my post.  I said we can and should forgive pedophiles but it would be unwise to completely trust one enough to teach the children's class.  I haven't been hurt by such a person, it was just a clear way to make a point. People can and do change, but why would we want to put the same temptation in front of that person?  We wouldn't.


As for forgiving people - it is not an option.  Yes- we choose our battles.  But according to God's Holy Word, we must forgive everyone, regardless of their sin against us or others.  I have completely forgiven the people who have hurt me in my past.  But I don't have to trust them.  I hold no ought against them.  But I won't be putting my confidence in them.


I apologize if my post was confusing or misleading.  It was a post to bring a simple message - forgiveness and trust in GOD go hand-in-hand.  To forgive others, you must trust Him for His will.  To trust Him in His will, you must forgive others - for they are part of a bigger plan.


Bump!! I know exactly what your saying and agree with it. Unfortunately sex crimes is one of my jobs I do from time to time to help out the department. Each one has to be checked on in a certain amount of time. Some of them simply made a mistake, while others are repeat offenders. I've seen some of the worst crimes adn even though its hard to forgive them for what they have done we as followers of Christ have to forgive. But that does not mean I have to trust them or make them friend or let them live a normal life again. They did wrong so they need to face the penalty.


Forgiveness has been a weakness of mine and I hope to be better at it.



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