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The Greatest Example Of Forgiveness

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The Greatest Example Of Forgiveness
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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greggordon: Hi - Welcome to Praize. More Posts like your last one please. Smile

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.

I agree with what you say in this post. I believe it is primarily the act of forgiveness which distinguishes truly Christlike behavior in his disciples. It seems that it is God’s will to be forgiving of the human race even while they are still ‘in sin’. That is not to say God forgives unreservedly but He does forgive undeservedly. The proof of this is the fact that He allowed us to torture and murder His only Son, Jesus the Christ.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for the ungodly. God now awaits an appropriate response from each of us when we have knowledge of what He has done for us through His Son’s obedience unto death.

There are some conditions I would add though to your final conclusion.

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.

I believe this to be true but I do not believe God or Jesus intend us to understand from this that ‘forgiveness’ is any kind of transaction. We do not forgive in order to obtain God’s forgiveness. Neither are we compelled by God to forgive or else suffer judgment and punishment. Forgiveness in return for forgiving others is neither a deal we can make with God or a deal God will make with us.

There is a difference between being unwilling to forgive and being unable to forgive.

Unwillingness to forgive others, while at the same time relying upon God’s gracious forgiveness of us, is a serious misusing and abuse of God’s Grace and an act of gross hypocrisy. Such hardness of heart will inevitably result in consequences. Matt. 18:23-35.

Inability to forgive, on the other hand, is not caused by hardness of heart but by weakness, lack of faith or human frailty. All of these are forgivable, some even understandable and pardonable. We cannot demand forgiveness and neither does God demand it of us, but God recommends that we offer it whenever we are able, if we can find the faith, courage and grace within our selves to leave recompense, retribution, judgment and vengeance entirely in His hands. The benefits we receive will far outweigh the transitory satisfaction we may get from 'taking an eye for an eye' or 'taking the law into our own hands'. Our suffering, grief, pain and bereavement will remain with us anyway, but vengeance with its corrosive effects upon our own spirits may bring forth a bitter harvest and a paucity of spirit which will only serve to increase our misery.

Regards Chris.
Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Pet.4:8b.
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AMEN
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Hello all. Hi Greggordon and welcome.

Please forgive my attempt to respond to the OP in a worthy manner even though it is done without belief.

If we accept that all of humanity are our brothers and sisters, whether we get along or not and we choose to live in demonstration of this fact with a loving heart toward all we meet, then forgiving comes to us naturally...eventually if not immediately.

Thus the saying, "time heals all wounds." The time involved in the healing process allows the love and compassion for other human beings, which we should have to lessen the wound so that it is "forgotten" and soon replaced with a healthy forgiveness.

I have read of those who nearly instantly proclaim forgiveness towards one who has wronged them...sometimes mightily...and I tend to believe that the words do not truly imply the feeling. Maybe the words in prayer or public help to lead to the feeling and the act of forgiveness, but that seems to me to be psychiatrically improbable. We are speaking about humans with all our faults and troubles and raging hormones bred into us for survival.

Perhaps some who have utterly shifted their psyche to their "soul" which they have given over to God so utterly that they have lost that part of humanity, which deals with extreme emotions, but I do not believe that is the norm for believers.

I doubt that you would disagree with me when I state that forgiving is not an easy process, nor a quick one...and those who claim it is are not thinking deeply enough about the act or the condition.

Well...these are my thoughts, at any rate.

-Jeanne
"The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient."