“Instantly, I knew that it was I who was pointing the finger! I was guilty of holding an account of wrong. Without delay, I dug into my shirt pocket and retrieved my little “just-in-case-I-need-it” notepad and ripped it apart.”
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
I know we could all share bad-boss stories and how we’ve been hard done by, by our employers. But I once worked for a man who would play his subordinates up against each other attempting to create sufficient discord to place him in a better position of control. It got so bad that I began to keep a record of our conversations and of his offences against me in a notepad – just in case I needed it someday, you understand.
These confrontations and offences continued at an alarming rate until a breaking point was reached when all was revealed. However, during the months leading up to this moment, I had a dream. In the dream, I saw myself standing with my chest against an iron barrier like the type found at a border crossing. Behind me, the scene was desolate and barren but on the other side of the barrier fresh green meadows stretched out as far as the eye could see. I remember desperately trying to get at those green fields but the barrier prevented my moving forward.
I was troubled by this dream for some days. Then one morning, at work, I was preparing content for my Christian radio show. I was feeling particularly uninspired at that moment and prayed, “Lord, I need your help.” I had the Bible open and as I looked down into the pages of Isaiah I read, “Then you will call, and the LORD will answer If you do away with the pointing finger and malicious talk.” Instantly, I knew that it was I who was pointing the finger! I was guilty of holding an account of wrong. Without delay, I dug into my shirt pocket and retrieved my little “just-in-case-I-need-it” notepad and ripped it apart. As the pieces of that little book fell into my wastepaper bin, in my mind’s eye, I saw the barrier in my dream lift like a weight off my shoulders. I was free from condemnations and free from offence; free to walk out into the lush pastures of God’s purposes.
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Lord, I want to have the same attitude as Christ; he forgave those who had crucified him
“O Lord, my God, I realise now that I have been the one in the wrong. I’m sorry for holding this grudge for so long. I repent of unforgiveness and ask that you will forgive me of all bitterness, pride and self-seeking. I choose to let my offences go. I pray for those who have offended me. Help them to see their errors and help me to forgive and love them. Thank you for the luscious green pastures ahead of me now as I walk out in the freedom of your grace. Lord, I want to have the same attitude as Christ; he forgave those who had crucified him. Amen.”