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The Greatest Example Of Forgiveness

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Greg Gordon, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Greg Gordon

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    But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:15



    Lesson of Forgiveness


    Sometimes the lesson of forgiveness can only be obtained through being the recipient of someone not being willing to forgive you. If we have been hurt in our past by someone we can be those who will not forgive others who hurt us.

    When we do not release others we end up not releasing ourselves. Even physical ailments can be a result of this pent up hurt and unforgiveness that manifests itself in bitterness, envy, resentment and even anger. For a Christian to hold onto any grudge or anger towards someone in the body of Christ affects not just themselves but others are defiled by their sin. It is not only a sin to not forgive but as we do this we enter into the strategy of satan because the demonic world is a world of unforgiveness. Not offering forgiveness is to not offer the love of Christ to another believer.



    We have received unmerited grace and forgiveness but then we say to someone “I will not forgive you,” we are doing what is opposite than Christ. When we do not forgive we show that we do not love Jesus because if we love him we will obey his commands. And his command is to forgive all.


    Jesus Suffered On the Cross


    Jesus on the cross suffered for your sins and he forgave you, he offered you this forgiveness and when we accept it, we become Christians. Jesus the Son of God on the cross was mocked, ridiculed and given a sponge with vinegar that some argue was used for cleaning in the washroom of Romans. If anyone had the right to be unforgiving, vengeful, angry and seek justice it would have been Jesus. But what is the reaction, he says “Forgive them.”

    He says to God the Father please do not hold these things against those who have hurt me so much. Please not only that please put their punishment on me so that they can be set free. We can share in the heart of Jesus that through our pains and hurts we can be able to help set others free through bearing the hurt with the love of Jesus Christ. Does this excuse sin? No, but it does allow healing and help for those who sin and we become more like the character of God towards others. In the light of sins against Jesus Christ, the sins others do to us are very little.

    The teaching of Jesus even goes further that if we do not release and forgive others, God will not forgive our sins or hold some of them against us. Lord, help me to forgive and fully release others as we all stand by your grace. Amen.
     
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  2. Miss Tardis Blue

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    Holding grudges, seeking revenge, wishing evil thoughts towards, being happy to see bad things happen to someone-----all can be related to not forgiving someone completely. And it is black or white, meaning no gray area. Either you forgive or you don't. There is no part forgiveness or halfway forgiveness. It is all or nothing.

    And it is very hard (especially for me) to learn to do...and something I need to remind myself of daily. Thank you for posting this very important message.

    God bless :)
     
  3. Greg Gordon

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    Great comment. Only those who know the love of God can have this strength to forgive and as you said it is still hard for us.
     
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