What is Forgiveness
” For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. ” (Mt 6:14-15 NKJ).“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.” (Dan 9:9 NKJ).“If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2Chron 7:14 NKJ). “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (Jn 20:23 NKJ)In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.(Col 1:14 Amplified). 13 Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God].14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name.15 And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (Jas 5:13-15 Amplified)
1 What is Forgiveness
According to Webster’s 7th New collegiate Dictionary: – Forgiveness is the act of pardon, we show toward each other. Especially if we might have harmed that person or if that person did us wrong. Often we need to forgive ourselves. The root of which comes from word to forgive. We forgive, when we pardon others, who may have done us wrong. It means ceasing, to hold resentment against someone, who may have done us harm.
Remember God through Christ forgives us our sin And iniquity (see Eph 4:32). On the cross, He cried Father forgive them, because they do not know what they do (Lk 23:34). Forgiveness works through Grace, Mercy and Love. Christ could have called legions of angels, to defend and fight for Him. Yet He chose to go all the way, because of His Great Love. We are not able to forgive on our own. Our sinful nature calls for revenge, when someone does us wrong.
We do not deserve God’s Grace and Forgiveness. For we are not made righteous, through our works. Sin is sin! Initial sin entered in when our forebears disobeyed. As wrote in my earlier post, mankind messed up, when they sold out to Serpentine Le De Ceite. We lost our original authority, which had been given us. God’s plans have always been to do us good. When God created us, He placed us in authority, over all the earth. We were to rule and reign with Him.
We are redeemed through Christ’s Blood. Christ Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away our sin. Forgiveness works where repentance is active. Through God’s Grace, when we are repentant; confess our sin He forgives us. When we call on the Name of the Lord; He hears us and answers our cry. “tis written, when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1Jn 1:9 NKJ).
2 Who Forgives
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.(Eph 4:32 KJV).1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 who forgiveth all thine iniquities;who healeth all thy diseases; 4 who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.(Ps103:1-5 AKJV).2 And behold, they brought to Him a man paralyzed and prostrated by illness, lying on a sleeping pad; and when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted.3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, This man blasphemes [He claims the rights and prerogatives of God]!4 But Jesus, knowing ([seeing) their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil and harbor malice in your hearts?5 For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?6 But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins and remit the penalty, He then said to the paralyzed man, Get up! Pick up your sleeping pad and go to your own house.7 And he got up and went away to his own house.8 When the crowds saw it, they were struck with fear and awe; and they recognized God and praised and thanked Him, Who had given such power and authority to men.(Mt 9:2-8 Amp
As wrote earlier God through Christ readily forgives us, when we repent of our sin. We’re reminded, when we call on the Lord He hears us. For Jesus cried out, Father forgive them for they know not what they do. In the Lord’s Prayer we see the Lord teaching His disciples how to pray. Through the body of this prayer, we see Him telling them to forgive our trespasses even as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.
We see this also in the parable of the unforgiving servant. If we’d recall the Lord told us this parable, about a certain king, who wanted to settle accounts. As the story goes on, we find a certain, man or woman, a servant, who owed the king (manager) a large amount. We see the parable says the amount had been 10000 talents. (In SA it may be R10000= 00 or more).
Though this servant had been unable to pay, the manager (the king) gave instructions for him and his whole house to be sold, so his debt could be reconciled and settled. The servant asked the king, to bare with him, for he shall surely make amends, pay it full. The king (manager) being a compassionate man showed compassion, mercifully forgiving him. He completely released him from the debt.
Yet it hadn’t stopped here. We see immediately, after his release, his deliverance, the mercy and forgiveness, shown him; he came across one of his colleagues, who owed him. E’en tho’ it may have been, a small amount. When approaching this colleague of his, who had an i.o.u of 100 denarii (maybe R100 in SA currency), which his colleague needed to pay. It may only have been a loan of R100, which his colleague borrowed from him. Yet this unforgiving servant, had not been willing to forgive, his fellow servant.
Instead of forgiving his colleague, he cast him into prison. The very thing his manager, forgave him for, this wicked servant showed no mercy. The king heard of it, and called him to his office. So the manager had become angry, cast him into the hands of the torturers, till he had fully paid, his i.o.u. The Lord tells us, our Heavenly Father, would not forgive us if we are not willing to forgive .
You see: – Repentance, Love, Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness work together. When we confess, repent of our sin, our shortcomings, we receive forgiveness. The Lord before His passing, told His disciples, if they forgive others it is because He first Loved, and chose to forgive. True Genuine Love, shall not bear record of wrongs, committed.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you. 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sin of any, they are retained.”(Jn 20:21-23 NKJ)
God’s Love. cleanses us from our sin; through the Blood of the Lamb. We are admonished to forgive, those who sinned against us. Forgiveness is also expressed in the home. We as families who build on Christ, Jesus as our Foundation, the Chief Cornerstone, need to build a relationship, with God and one another. We need to love, forgive each other. As a family we need to love, forgive and accept one another. John writes in his first letter, our sins are forgiven us, for the sake of Christ!
Remember also, when the religious leaders, brought a woman caught in the very act of adultery, they were quick, and ready to judge her. They wanted to stone her. Their reason; “_ _ _Moses in the Law commands us to stone such a one. Now what would You say?”
Christ Jesus answered; ” You who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
He then stooped down, wrote with His finger, on the ground. Gradually, eventually the accusers, being convicted left one by one, leaving our Lord alone, with the accused. What would He do? Very good question indeed! What would we do? What would I do? What would you do? What the Law say? Maybe, like this woman’s accusers; Would we seek justice and vengeance? Often we are so self centered, so self righteous. Away with her! Away with her! Are we so Perfect? Are we so sinless?
Yet our Lord, chooses to pardon her. Because of the Greatness of His Love, and His Goodness. As mentioned earlier, we do not deserve Grace Mercy or Forgiveness. The Law condemns us. The letter kills! But where the Spirit of God is, there is Liberty. Yet there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death (see Rom 8:1-2).
14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins,leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.(Mt 6:14-15 Amp)
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