Forgiven so that I can forgive

how-to-forgive

Sunday morning during worship the team sang “Majesty (here I am)”.  I believe Delirious made it popular around 2007.  Most of you who have attended a church over the past decade know this song quite well.  It hit me in a new way that morning.  It is amazing how truly inspired song writers must be when they are penning a worship song springing up from deep revelation of who God is and how much He has done for them.  Majesty is one such song for sure!  The words to that song are still resonating in my spirit many days later.

The one line in that song reads, “forgiven so that I can forgive” and it hit home a little deeper.   It is so much harder to forgive others when we haven’t received God’s forgiveness for our own sin and when we haven’t forgiven ourselves.  When we get in touch with the grace of God that found us just as we are regarding our own sin, knowing we can’t do anything to make up for it, then we humbly receive His grace with joy and allow it to set us free.

When the worship team sang the line that says,  “Your grace has found me just as I am Empty handed, but alive in your hands”.  I got a visual of a man standing with his fists clenched.  They were angry fists filled with unforgiveness toward self and others.  We can’t have grace poured out on us and still carry  unforgiveness toward ourselves and others simultaneously.  Only when we open our hands and give it to God can we be alive in His hands.  Alive to me means living in freedom from the unhealthy thoughts that are swirling around in the mind about self and others.  That is truly being alive when you have free head space to focus on the goodness of God and what He is speaking instead of all the wrongs that have been committed against you.

When we are so in touch with our need for that grace and receive it regularly, then we will have no want, need, or desire to hold onto unforgiveness.  Some of us are great at releasing the little and big offenses daily while others are still dragging a whole cart behind them with fists tightly clenched around it’s handle.  With all of that on your plate you can not know who you truly are in Christ.  Like the song says, we need to be sanctified by glory and fire.  I challenge you today to take another look at the lyrics to this song and I dare you to pray a bold prayer and ask God to expose and uproot any unforgiveness  in your heart that maybe you didn’t even realize was hiding.

Here I am humbled by your Majesty
Covered by your grace so free
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man
Covered by the blood of the Lamb

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine
Since you laid down your life
The greatest sacrifice

Majesty, Majesty
Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed, but alive in your hands
Majesty, Majesty
Forever I am changed by your love
In the presence of your Majesty

Here I am humbled by the love that you give
Forgiven so that I can forgive
Here I stand, knowing that I’m your desire
Sanctified by glory and fire

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine
Since you laid down your life
The greatest sacrifice

For the Kingdom                                                                            Donna

4 comments

  1. Great truths, Donna. Among all of the other deeply rich things we’ve been learning in the YWAM class with Amy, we’ve talked much about forgiveness. It’s so key to so many spiritual blessings, and we’ve discussed both ends of it; that is, to believe we have been forgiven, and to freely forgive others. I think it’s hard for some to “feel” they are truly forgiven by God. I know how crippling it can be to be bound by that lie. We really need that revelation of complete forgiveness so we’re able to then offer it out. I figure it’s not very easy to give what you’ve never received, or in the case of God, what you FEEL you’ve never received. I’m probably restating what you already said clearly! Confirmation. ♥

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  2. this was a great reading and ohso good! The profound revelation
    of a song that has always blessed my innermost being….whether I’m worshipping in ministering the song or the recipient of hearing the song …… the reality of the words are rich!

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