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FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS

Jesus made clear, that if we want to be forgiven of our sins and trespasses, we must also forgive those who have trespassed against us:  

And forgive us our debts, as we FORGIVE our debtors. Mark 6:12 (from the Lord's prayer where He taught his disciples to pray)

For if ye FORGIVE men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: BUT IF YE FORGIVE NOT MEN THEIR TRESPASSES, NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES. Mark 6:14-15

For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. AND IF YE DO GOOD TO THEM WHICH DO GOOD TO YOU, WHAT THANK HAVE YE? FOR SINNERS ALSO DO EVEN THE SAME. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. BUT LOVE YE YOUR ENEMIES, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. BE YE THEREFORE MERCIFUL, AS YOUR FATHER ALSO IS MERCIFUL. JUDGE NOT, and ye shall not be judged: CONDEMN NOT, and ye shall not be condemned: FORGIVE, AND YE SHALL BE FORGIVEN  Luke 6:32-37

And when ye stand praying, FORGIVE, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. BUT IF YE DO NOT FORGIVE, NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES. Mark 11:25-26 

To enable us to understand forgiveness, Jesus gave us this parable:  

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times."

Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.  So the servant[i] fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.  But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’  So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’  He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.  When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.  Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’  And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.  So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”  Matthew 18:21-35

Thus, we can see that God requires that we forgive all from our heart.  We who are guilty of much sin and trespasses against our Holy God and Father and yet He extends unequivocal mercy and forgiveness to those who will repent and believe in His Son, who was fully righteous and without sin, became our sin and slain for our sins on the Cross to offer His own blood as the sacrifice for our sins.  If we who receive such amazing mercy and grace refuse to show mercy and to forgive anyone else, we can see the offense that it is to God.  Therefore, forgive all unequivocally from your heart that you may be forgiven of God.  Do not let the poison of unforgiveness enter into or remain in your heart - it will destroy and oppress you until you repent of it, forgive and let it go.  If you do not have it in your heart to forgive, ask God to take the offense from your heart and grant you the grace to forgive and let it go.  With men it is sometimes impossible but, by faith and the power of God, all things are possible to those who believe.  


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