Book Club: “Spiritual Mothering” (Part 10)

Spiritual Mothering…..The Cornerstone of Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

For the believer we will never understand how to forgive others if we do not understand the forgiveness we ourselves have received in Christ Jesus. Also we must understand that the price for unforgiveness is high. After reading the story of David and Abigail the author suggests that forgiveness equipped Abigail to be an encourager to David, she also states that the colossal barrier that prevents many people from being encouragers is unforgiveness. Do we get the picture ladies? Unforgiveness hinders us from doing what God calls us to do.

Hebrews 10:24 and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

As God brought the Spiritual Mothering relationship into my life I was in a situation that required me to choose on a daily basis to forgive. As I choose to lay aside anger, bitterness, pride and unforgiveness healing began to occur in my heart and the door to ministering to a young mother began to open wider and wider. The more I made myself available to serve the more I began to heal and the more opportunities I began to see to encourage, comfort and pray for this young woman.

Do not be mislead, choosing to forgive is never easy. Forgiveness is a continuous choice and it is only by God’s gift of grace that any of us can ever truly forgive. Understanding that all sin is an offense to God helped me understand that though I had been deeply hurt the greater offense was against God and if God could forgive me I had no choice, I too had to forgive.

Knowing Jesus as my Savior and having a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures was my refuge, my strength and a very present help in my time of trouble. The author continually makes the point that failure to forgive forfeits our ability to encourage and minister to others. Ladies if we do not respond obediently to God’s way of forgiveness we will not be able to nurture or minister to other women.

My prayer for the women at MDF: That they would Know Jesus Christ personally and seek to have a thorough knowledge of God’s Word, so that in times of trouble for ourselves and others we would glorify God.

By Vicki Anderson

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