“[It is] Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”–Acts 5:31
30 days of forgiveness
I’ve studied Acts many times over the years but it wasn’t until now that I noticed a key word in this verse that gave me pause: give. Perhaps I didn’t quite have a handle on the definition of “give” so I looked it up. “Give” has over 16 definitions. Clearly, I had plenty to learn. However, I’m going to skip to the definitions that hit me between the eyes.
I’ve always known that if I had to sum up my life into a traffic sign it would be “Yield.” There are five definitions for the “slang” version of “give” that includes the word “Yield,” which also occurs five times.
I must yield to the will of my Heavenly Father because my life is on page 3,969,494,759,473,857 of a book with so many pages that I can’t count that high. He knew what would happen from the beginning as well as how it will end. Therefore, I must trust He knows what’s best for me.
Yield right of way
Yielding means I give way, give up, step aside, “No, after you!” My pastor reminded us recently that as we grow in Christ we have more responsibility and we give up more rights. For example, after my children were born, I still had the right to party. However, I yielded that right because I loved my children. I gladly yielded my right to act like an irresponsible adult so I could love, nurture and provide for my beautiful kids.
Yield oneself without restraint or control
There is no court order forcing me to yield my rights to sue my parents and in-laws for damages. I freely have yielded my rights to recompense because my Savior is exactly that: He is saving me from all hurt, harm or danger. He is an ever-present help in time of trouble. He gave me free will so that I would choose Him and His Way of life voluntarily.
I won in court because Jesus is victorious. To the victor go the spoils. I have been crowned and clothed in His righteousness, and seated in Heavenly places to judge the living, the dead and the angels. However, humble is the new cocky.
Jesus wouldn’t walk into my uncle’s home with my mother present and start bragging on how no weapon formed against me would ever succeed. He certainly wouldn’t talk about how he could call legions of angels to rebuff any stupidity coming my way. Oh no. Quite the contrary.
Jesus would come in as gentle, humble and meek as a lamb offering peace and unconditional love as if nothing ever happened. Can I do that? Was I truly made to forgive my enemies even if they are my closest relatives?
Points to Ponder
What must you yield so you can forgive someone? When will you do it? What’s holding you back? Will you ask Him to help you yield?