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The Law of Forgiveness

July 14, 2014

Every person has something they need forgiveness for.  I have heard people say “I forgive but I don’t forget”.  When Christ forgives us, He never brings it up again. It’s so difficult to forgive; easy to hold grudges but so hard to forgive.

I ministered to a lady about coming to Christ. “She had informed me of some of the things she had done, she is not good enough, she had committed too many sins and God will not forgive her. She had been a thief, committed adultery, fornication and used drugs”. God is faithful to forgive us of our wrongdoings. “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come”. (Matt. 12:31-32) If we all were sinless, Christ did not have to go to the cross. He was perfect but was crucified for our imperfectness. As long as we are in flesh and blood, we will sin. “I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me”. (Psalms 51:5)  

Whatever sins we have committed in our past, remains in our past. “And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go andsin no more.” (John 8:11b) If we can’t forgive the people who wronged us, Christ won’t forgive us. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”. (Matt. 6:15) “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins”. (Colossians 1:13-14)

How often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? “Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven”. (Matt. 18:22) The things we say we won’t do, we find ourselves doing. Every time we try to do good, evil is always present.  Jesus doesn’t want us to sin but He knows it is our nature and we can’t help it, because we were born in sin. Whenever we sin, don’t try to cover it, but repent and ask God for forgiveness. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”. (1 John 2:1)

While we were yet in sins, Christ died for us. He loved us so much that He gave His own Begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Confess, repent and ask God for forgiveness; He is faithful. There are no sins too large for God to forgive. Forgiveness is our today, just for the asking. The love of God will cause us to love others, forgive others and love our enemies.

Some people are too stubborn and hard-hearted to ask or render forgiveness. I heard the story of a young lady that became angry with her father as a teenager and held it for over forty years before she died. God allowed the father to stand at her grave. A couple of months later, her father died. This father and daughter missed years of spending holidays together, cards or exchanging telephone calls. The father had reached out to her but the daughter refused to accept. Don’t let the sun go down upon your wrath; tomorrow is not promised and no person can pray from the grave or ask for forgiveness. Jesus will come back as a thief in the night.  

Many people in the church hold grudges and refuse to extend or ask for forgiveness because of something they can’t even remember why they became angry. Let every person examine themselves before partaking of the Lord Supper and ask for forgiveness of any sins. “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep”. (1 Corinthians 11:27-30)

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  1. Good word and a reminder for us forgive…FOR REAL!

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