Always Forgive One Another From The Heart, As God Has Forgiven You
21 Then having come to Him, Peter said to Him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me and I will forgive him? Up to seven-times?” 22 Jesus says to him, “I do not say to you up to seven-times, but up to seventy-times [and] seven. 23 For this reason, the kingdom of the heavens became-like a man who was a king, who wished to settle the account with his slaves. 24 And he having begun to settle it, one debtor of ten-thousand talents was brought to him. 25 But he not having the means to pay, the master ordered that he be sold— and his wife and his children and all that he has— and that it be paid. 26 Then the slave, having fallen, was prostrating-himself before him, saying, ‘Be patient with me and I will pay everything to you’. 27 And having felt-deep feelings [of compassion], the master of that slave released him and forgave him the loan. 28 But having gone out, that slave found one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii. And having seized him, he was choking him, saying, ‘Pay me, since you are owing me something’. 29 Then his fellow slave, having fallen, was begging him, saying, ‘Be patient with me and I will pay it to you’. 30 And the one was not willing, but having gone, he threw him into prison until he should pay the amount being owed.31 Then his fellow slaves, having seen the things having taken place, were extremely grieved. And having come, they made-clear to their master all the things having taken place. 32 Then, having summoned him, his master says to him, ‘Evil slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should not you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I also had mercy on you?’ 34 And having become angry, his master handed him over to the tormentors until which time he should pay all the amount being owed. 35 So also My heavenly Father will do to you if you do not forgive— each one his brother— from your hearts (Mt 18:21-35 Disciple’s Literal Translation [DLT])
3.1 How often need we Forgive
3.2 The Benefits of Forgiveness
3.3 Examples of Forgiveness
3.4 Dad I Forgive you
3.5 Summary & Conclusion
3.6 Salvation Prayer
3.7 Return to the Lord
3.1 How Often need we Forgive
There’s a chorus, we would often sing when we had been younger, in the Lord. Today when thinking about it, I wonder how much, it meant to us. At times, as we walk and fellowship with our Lord, we remember some of the choruses we use to sing, whether at S.C.A, Scripture Union, Sunday School (Junior Church, nowadays); or even at our youth meetings, singles and young adults. But do we really know and understand, the depth of these choruses; or have they just become lip service, and not from our hearts.
We are reminded; the time is coming, and is already here, when as True Worshipers, Servants of our Lord, we would, and shall worship Him in spirit and in Truth. For our Lord seek such to Worship Him. Yet at times, when we daily enter into our Lord’s, Holy Presence, thru Praise and Worship, we find it difficult to enter in; because of sin, bitterness and unforgiveness. This keeps us, from boldly entering into the Holy of Holies.
The enemy may even condemn us. Yet Christ, says: – “I’ve paid the Price, for him and her. Yes! I’ve e’en paid the full Price for you! I’ve not come into the world to condemn the world. Rather that the world thru Me would be saved. When you believe in Me; you shall not be condemned. But if you do not believe in Me, you are already condemned, because you have not believed, in the Name of God’s only begotten Son. This is the condemnation; the Light has come into the world; yet, you loved the darkness rather than the Light, because your deeds are evil.” (See Jn 3:10 to 21).
Here are the words of this chorus: –
God forgave my Sin, in Jesus Name,
and in Jesus Name, I’ve been Born Again:
Freely, Freely, you have Received,
So I; Freely, Freely; (For)Give.
So others, may know; what they can Receive.
How often need we forgive? ’tis a question for which we need an acceptable answer. Simon Peter, asked our Lord; the same question. “Lord, how often, need we forgive a brother or sister; who sins against us, or whom has wronged us? Maybe only seven times? Perhaps only once in a life time, then you’d better watch out! Don’t you e’er cross, my doorway again!” Is this how we should live? Ev’ryone holding a grudge, against ev’ryone else.
“I’ll get you for that!” Our battle cry. “Away with him &/or her!” We want justice! Often we need be careful, of that which; we may call, and cry for. Maybe we are the ones; standing before justice’s receiving end, and of judgement. The Lord’s instructions are clear! His cry; cuts clearly across life’s time lines. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”
How often, need we forgive? Seven Times? Our Lord answers; “No, not seven times! Rather seventy times seven.” Does this mean, we hold record of ev’ry time we forgive. When we’ve reached fourhundredandninety (490), do we then; stop forgiving? Shall we hold record of wrongs committed? ’tis recorded in 1 Cor 13:4-8 “Love, that is; the genuine, God Kind of Love, holds no record of wrong. “
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not ·jealous [envious], it does not brag, and it is not ·proud [arrogant; conceited; puffed up]. 5 Love is not ·rude [disrespectful], is not ·selfish[self-serving], and ·does not get upset with others [is not easily provoked/angered]. Love does not ·count up [keep a record of] wrongs that have been done. 6 Love ·takes no pleasure [does not rejoice] in ·evil [wrongdoing; injustice] but rejoices over the truth.7 Love ·patiently accepts all things [T bears all things; or always protects], ·always trusts[T believes all things], ·always hopes [T hopes all things], and ·always endures [T endures all things].8 Love never ·ends [fails; falls short]. (The Expanded Bible.).
We need to realize the importance, our Lord places upon Love, Grace & Forgiveness. Forgiveness is vital in our relationship, with God; toward one another, and in our daily walk with God. Forgiveness needs to be a lifestyle. We are not able to forgive one another outside, a relationship with God, through Christ Jesus; our Lord!
When Christ lives in our hearts, we are enabled to forgive. Remember ’tis thru Christ’s Love, Mercy & Forgiveness, which delivers us from sin’s bondage. An unforgiving heart brings bitterness, hatred and death, whereas a forgiving heart, brings, healing, restoration and deliverance. Therefore we daily need to forgive, our brother, sister, who ever has come or acted against us.
E’en tho they may regularly sin against us, we need to continually forgive them, out of God’s Love for us. Daily our Lord forgives us. When we confess our sin, our Lord is Faithful, and Just to Forgive us our sin. Truth be said, should we say we are without sin, we make God out to be a liar; and His Truth is not in us (see 1Jn 1:7-10).
3.2 The Benefits of Forgiveness
Through our walking, living in obedience and forgiveness towards others, we experience different benefits. Even from the beginning of time, we see the various results & benefits, of walking in God’s Forgiveness. Forgiveness also brings restoration & reconciliation. Forgiveness is e’en able to heal, broken people and their nations. Forgiveness gives us the boldness to live again, after we have messed up.
We are only able to truly forgive others, when we walk in God’s Love. Perfect Love also chases away fear. Forgiveness cannot be separated from God’s Love. Remember Christ, loved and is without sin. Christ cried Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Repentance and Forgiveness working through God’s Love, is e’en able to heal a nation and her peoples. We are only able to forgive others, through our acceptance of Jesus Christ; as our personal Lord and Saviour. With man it is impossible to forgive others. Yet through Christ Jesus, we receive our Forgiveness of our sin and iniquity.
12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.13 If I shut up heaven so no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,14 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.16 For I have chosen and sanctified (set apart for holy use) this house, that My Name may be here forever, and My eyes and My heart will be here perpetually. (2 Cor 7:12-17 Amplified)
17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.(Gen 50:17)
- 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”(Ex 10:17)
The following are some of the results of forgiveness: –
- Healing flows.
- We are set free from bondage
- We receive Salvation, through our acceptance of Christ Jesus our Lord
- We inherit Eternal Life
- We are healed in our spirit, soul and body
- We experience the Peace of God; which surpasses all our understanding
- We receive gladness and joy
- We are made the Righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus
- Through Christ Jesus, we are made a New Creation
- We get to know God’s Love and His Character
To be Contd