Job 42 Forgiving and Blessings

Job 42 Forgiving and Blessings

I was reading my Bible the other morning and I noticed something in Job that I had not previously noticed.

I was on my way to Psalms in my Bible whenever my eyes fell on certain words of Job in chapter 42. I had highlighted a verse that became dear to me during these past couple of years. My faith in God has become my own personal faith and I have developed my own relationship with Him. That is why I had highlighted the following verses:

Job 42:5-6 “My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”

Then I continued to read to the end of chapter 42. That is where I saw something that really struck me about forgiveness and receiving God’s blessings. The verses at the very end of Job told me that God was not pleased with Job’s friends because they had not spoken the truth about Him like Job had. God told them to take a sacrifice to Job to be offered up for them and that He would hear Job’s prayer and not deal with them according to their error! And after they did what God told them and Job prayed for them, then that is when God blessed Job and restored to him more than what he had lost during his time of testing!

OK… Did you catch that? We all hear about how God blessed Job and restored to him more than he had lost. We hear about Job’s patience and endurance. We hear that God rewarded Job because he did not curse God.

I think it is of utmost importance that we realize that God did not bless Job until AFTER he forgave his friends and prayed for them!

Here is the verse: Job 42:10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

The other important thing to notice is that Job’s friends did do as the Lord told them to do and took their offerings to Job for him to offer up for them and to pray for them. Then, the Lord accepted Job’s prayer for them and did not deal with them according to their folly.

Here are the verses: Job 42:7-9 “After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.’ So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

Now, the end to this story is stated very simply and the emotional aspect is easy to overlook. I do not believe that it was easy for Job to forgive his friends who did not comfort him during his time of testing. I do see that because he had a real encounter with God and did himself repent in dust and ashes, that it probably was a lot easier for him to forgive them and pray for them than it would have been before his time of testing. There is another whole lesson in that…. But I want to acknowledge that forgiveness is not an easy thing for us to give. But that does not let us off of the hook!

What I learned from Job 42 is that God did not bless Job and restore to him all that he had lost until after he prayed for his friends that had hurt him. I see that Job came to a personal revelation knowledge of God and humbly repented before Him. But that alone did not secure his blessing from God. God knew Job’s heart and knew that He could trust Job to obey Him, to forgive and to pray for the friends that had hurt him. After this was done is when God blessed and restored Job.

I have been learning more and more about forgiveness. The words that Jesus said when He taught us how to pray have been sticking with me a lot more in the past couple of years. Seeing this lesson in Job about how Job prayed for his friends reminds me that Jesus said that if we do not forgive those who hurt us, then God will not forgive us….

That is pretty heavy.

Jesus said that we are to forgive those who hurt us in some way seventy multiplied by seven times… in a day… that is as much to say as always forgive your brother or sister (Matthew 18).

Also, in Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus tells the parable of the ungrateful servant who was unwilling to forgive as he was forgiven. Jesus said that all who behave in the same way will receive the same punishment from the Heavenly Father that the ungrateful servant received. The ungrateful servant was handed over to be tortured until he repaid all of his debts.

I don’t know about you, but I do know that I could never repay anyone for the hurts that I have caused in my lifetime to others. I do not want to be turned over to be tortured. I am beginning to see just how much I have been forgiven and I am so grateful. I am so grateful that I do wish for others to also be forgiven so that they can receive the blessings of God and know His love.

I truly believe that if we would stop holding one another captive to the sins of our pasts, that we see many more blessings for not only ourselves, but for others. I truly believe that forgiveness is one of the keys to the kingdom of heaven. I truly believe that if we will allow God to reveal His love to us that we will be more like Him and the entire world would be a much more pleasant and less painful world.

**There is a great book out there called Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall that I read many years ago. A Christian Counselor referred me to this book when I told him about how I was molested for many years as a child. I honestly believe that because God led me to forgive and I was able to do so from my heart with His help that I became able to receive more of God’s love. The book, Total Forgiveness, gives a Biblical definition of forgiveness and brings forth references from Scripture that allow truth to come in and bring healing. You can find more about R. T. Kendall and his book at: https://rtkendallministries.com/total-forgiveness-2

~Angela Dingler 1/8/2016 *from my morning on 1/4/16

Forgiveness for the Offender

Forgiveness for the Offender

Forgiveness for the Offender

My good friend called me this morning on February 4, 2015 and told me about how she read II Corinthians 1:23-2:11 and felt led to share this with me for the OAA and for reconciliation of those who have offended and those whom have been offended. Whether we be family members, loved ones, friends, church members or members of society in general: those of us whom have been offended should offer forgiveness to those whom have hurt us. This is what my friend felt led to share with me. Also, she pointed out that she has read II Corinthians many times but this time these verses jumped out at her because she now has a son that is an ex-offender. Now, she has a very good reason to see the truth in these verses and understand them and put them into practice in her life in a very real and personal way.

If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” II Corinthians 2:5-11

The key verses to this passage are posted here for you, above. I would like to focus on verses 6 through 8 and then 10-11. In verses 6-8, Paul tells us that the punishment that the majority puts on the offender is enough. He also writes that if the offender is not forgiven AND comforted then he will be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Paul exhorts the believers to reaffirm their love for the offender once he has been punished. The offender who is not offered forgiveness and comfort from his seclusion and punishment is left without hope of any reconciliation or restoration and is overwhelmed by sorrow. In verses 10-11 we see that Paul agrees that he and other believers should also extend forgiveness to the offender and do this all in the sight of Jesus so that the devil does not have his way in the matter and deceive us as believers. Paul reminds us that we are not ignorant of how the devil works and his schemes to deceive believers. Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us:  26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. From these verses we see that the devil can gain a foothold when we harbor anger and dwell on offenses.

Also, Ephesians 4:28 instructs us: 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. In this verse we see that when a thief is caught and punished that he is expected to be able to return to work. The work that the offender is to be able to return to is work that he will do with his own hands and talents so that he can then be a productive member of the community, once again. The idea in these verses is that if someone steals something, they face their punishment that is agreed upon by the majority. After the offender is punished, he is to be forgiven and comforted with brotherly love that comes from Christ. Then, he is to be able to work and earn for himself and even to the point of being able to share with others in need so that they do not also turn to evil ways.

When compared to this Biblical model of how to punish and then restore “criminals” back to their families, their communities and their jobs, the way that we do this today is not right. It is no wonder that recidivism occurs. It is no wonder that our system of criminal justice is not preventing crimes nor rehabilitating prisoners from lives of crime. We have pretty much left the answers that God has given to us in His Word and attempted to make it work based on human understanding and we are failing at “fixing” the problems that sin causes us as a society.

Punishment alone does not stop someone from living a life of “crime.” Crime is just the word for sins that other members of society feel should be policed and punished by a court of law with fines and or imprisonment or some type of community corrections. God’s way of correcting sin in our lives, whether it be sin that is “legal” or “illegal” is for us to confront the sin, confess and repent of the sin and then to forgive the sin and restore one another to right relationship. If the agreed upon punishment has been carried out for the offender for the crimes he or she has committed, then the non-offenders are to give the ex-offender the opportunity to have a life that is renewed and restored with comfort and compassion and forgiveness. The non-offender is to see to it that the ex-offender has a job that he or she can do that will provide for not only his or her own needs, but also to be able to give back to the community.

This Biblical answer for how to treat ex-offenders offers hope to them and to the community. Without hope, man fails, and God knows that full well. In Proverbs 13:12 says: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Also, we see how God knows that hope is important for us when He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’” declares the Lord, “’plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Let us be life changers by offering hope to those who have fallen outside the limits of our legal system and be willing to give them a chance to change. Let us offer jobs to those who have served their sentences and are seeking gainful employment. Let us bring them into our churches and give them a chance to share their testimonies. Let us offer forgiveness and comfort and compassion. Let us love as Christ loves and forgive as He forgives. Let us see an end to the foothold that the enemy has gained in our society by convincing us to live out of fear and revenge instead of faith, hope and love.

Written by Angela Dingler © 2015 (February 13, 2015)

 

Forgiving – Tearing Down Strongholds (notes from a study Jerry and I are doing)

Forgiving – Tearing Down Strongholds (notes from a study Jerry and I are doing)

by Jerry 9/9/14

To totally forgive we have to be forgiven and be healed by Jesus for all of the things we have done. I have asked for forgiveness many, many times and have received it but I must and do forgive anyone and everyone that has done something to me. Jesus has forgiven us of all of our failures and we need to start seeing ourselves as forgiven! God did send His Son, Jesus, to die for me and if the God of the universe loves me that much I will love who I am and who I am in Christ and also love all of the people that God puts in my path and let go of all addictions because Jesus has set me free and who the Son sets free is free indeed!

Maybe We Hurt Sometimes Because…

Maybe We Hurt Sometimes Because…

You know

Maybe sometimes the Lord let’s us realize hurt so we can understand His ache when we fall short, stumble, sin.

Maybe He also does this to give us a chance to put His love through us into practice.

How can you also love someone today that has hurt you or is hurting because of sin, unconfessed sin or lingering consequences of past sin?

His word says He will forgive whom we forgive and He will forgive us if we forgive others.

Perfect love casts out all fear because fear has to do with punishment. Jesus forgives when we confess, repent and turn to Him. Let us turn to Him and be firmly rooted and established in His love.

Jesus I ask in Your name to send the Comforter. Breathe on us the Holy Spirit. Revive us. Put Your Holy Fire in us to burn for Your glory. I thank You and praise you today and forever! You reign!

Video

2fools4Christ Share Feelings about Difficulties and Also Encouragement

In this video Jerry and Angela, 2fools4Christ.wordpress.com, share about how difficult it is to get a job due to past mistakes and having felonies on your record. They also share about how God still has a plan and how to be encouraged during difficult times. This one kind of jumps around and is straight from the heart with no set list of things to talk about – so stay on til the end and just see what God puts on our hearts to share in this one 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time!
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