What doors have opened in your life that need to be closed? Will you confess that you are wrong? Are you going to do something about the doors that need to be closed? “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23).
Seeking the will of God the Father should push the desires of our hearts and meditation of our thoughts to create actionable steps of faith on this journey called life. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phip. 4:6-8).
How do you get started on closing the wrong doors? “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:8-10). Winning the battle of the heart and mind gives the clarity to know what doors need to be closed.
So what doors need to be closed in your life? Paul said he considered everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus his Lord, for whose sake he had lost all things. (Phip.3:1-11).
Forgiveness is something that takes the power of God to truly give to another and it’s vital to forgive others as well as ourselves throughout life.
Opening the doors of forgiveness will magnificently change your life for the best but we must close the doors of bitterness. How often should we for forgive is an age old question?
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Just like Peter we all have limits on forgiveness and people in our lives.
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22).
The question is how many times has Jesus forgiven us?
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phip. 3:11-14).
Who are you helping most when you forgive the person who wronged you?
“When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no such room or foothold for the devil nor give no opportunity to him” (Eph. 4:26-27).
You got to make up your mind to forgive someone and let it go. Jesus says to you who hears: “Love your enemies, do well to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also” (Matthew 6:12-14).
Also, depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, empower and sustain you in the forgiveness process (Rom. 8:14). Jesus is standing at the door of our hearts right now and are you going to let Christ in?
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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