Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 23, 2015

Forgiveness Is The Key To Freedom

cb devo apr 23“And the spirit of the king longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon’s death.” 2 Samuel 13:38 (NIV)

Even the most loving people can be the perpetrators of evil violence and disgrace. Such disgrace fell upon the household of King David when his son, Amnon, decided he was in love with his sister, Tamar. Overtaken by lustful thoughts, Amnon plotted to get his virgin sister to his home by pretending to be ill and asking her to bake him some bread. The innocent girl attended to her brother’s wishes and instead of gratitude from him, she was raped. Tamar was very close with another of her brothers, Absalom, and she went to him for comfort. Absalom was furious with his brother for raping their sister. He took Tamar into his home, and plotted revenge against his brother. So, Absalom had Amnon killed.

Can you imagine how King David felt finding out one of his sons raped his daughter and then finding out that another son killed him to avenge his sister’s honor? Two wrongs never make a right, and revenge belongs to God.

In fear of the king, Absalom fled and stayed hidden for three years. King David mourned the loss of Amnon, and his heart was severely broken with grief. As time elapsed, the parent inside the king longed for his other son. The only way Absalom could return to his homeland was by receiving pardon from his father. And this is what happened.

If someone has wronged us, hurt us and caused us grief remember God can heal our pain if we forgive. Sometimes we hold on to pain due to bitterness and lack of forgiveness and the only outcome is more pain. By releasing our troubles and our perpetrators to the Lord, we are set free.

“Lord Jesus, You are a forgiving God, and thanks to Your great love we are not consumed. Forgiveness is hard to practice at times, but when we do, we experience a freedom that only You can give.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

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