Is there even such a word as ‘Reforgive’? Well, today 04 October, 2013 is its day of birth. What does “reforgive” mean? Using a practical example, have you ever forgiven someone and I mean really forgiven that person and then one day unexpectedly the incident resurfaces in your mind and the hurt, passion for justice or whatever emotion – just floats to the top of your thoughts and in your mind you struggle to convince yourself that this situation was resolved? You know for certain that you forgave the individual but now you are questioning yourself as to whether this situation was really resolved. This rehash of emotions requires what I would call the need to ‘Reforgive’.
To ‘Reforgive’ is very challenging but also very rewarding. It enables one to release the tensions of the past that might have been lingering unknown or even dormant in the mind of the forgiver. Take for example, a friend of yours comes over for dinner and accidentally ruins your High-definition television and carpet – you forgive them and they even go as far as to replace the damaged items. However, five months down the line all the intricate details that went along with that accident resurface and you find yourself angry again. Your friend has not done anything to reoffend you but you just happen to feel angry again.
To ‘Reforgive’ requires determination – I must be determined to work at my situation. To do this I must harness my mind to give God praise continually when I realise how fragile my abilities are and my own need for grace, I am able to “Let the name of the LORD be praised both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.” Psalm 113:2-3 NIV
To starve out the repeated need to reforgive – “I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will continually be on my lips” Psalm 34:1 NIV. My focus must change in order to avoid a chronic reoccurance of feelings of animosity – I must allow my soul and mind to boast in the LORD. Psalm 34:2 NIV declares to “my soul with boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.”
Sometimes, the need to ‘Reforgive’ flares up because of a trigger – it could be something – an actual object that is present around us that needs to be dumped. In other cases the trigger or catalyst might be more permanent or occurs as a result of an unfortunate conversation. However, no matter the source of the trigger – the ability to ‘Reforgive’ and be delivered from the grasp of issues that I put to rest in the past and have already forgiven lies in frequent prayer and abundant praise to Jesus. Psalm 34:4 NIV declares – “I sought the LORD and He answered me, He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” No one can ever take care of an issue the way Christ does, whether it be a need to forgive or ‘Reforgive’. Our LORD and Saviour knows how to solve every problem and as we take time to pray to him and praise His Holy Name – solutions and deliverance becomes a reality.
Why is it so important to know how to reforgive? This might be the question that is in the forefront of your mind as you read this post. The reason why I must master the ability to reforgive is this: As we get nearer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to this earth a number of alarming atrocities will take place – things that we might want to believe would never be seen again on earth owing to the strides that have been made in the past regarding justice and care for humanity. However, as is indicated in Revelation 2:8-11 NASB, Jesus gives special admonition to the church of Smyrna challenging them to remain faithful until death. Here is the passage:
Message to Smyrna
8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
The first and the last, who [e]was dead, and has come to life, says this:
9 ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. [f]Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’
Just as the church of Smyrna was challenged in Revelation 2:8-11 KJV, Jesus indicates in Luke 21:25-27 what will happen just before He returns to this earth:
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
To be sure that we make it through the challenges of coping with disaster and persecution we will need to be leaning on the arms of Jesus for the ability to reforgive. As we see a rapid return to moral decline in society and are faced with challenges that require that we stand up for our faith and for the principles of Jesus Christ we will at times face imprisonment, unemployment and other hardships and in order to cope with these injustices we will need to be able to readily forgive and “Reforgive” the individuals who assail us with persecution. Jesus has given us the assurance: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 KJV. This promise is real – Jesus and al the hosts of heaven will never leave us nor forsake us as we “Reforgive” and as we go through each trial that we face.
May God bless us and help us to reforgive.