Forgiveness (Be Careful when you say I am not going to forgive you)

Posted: August 29, 2020 in Forgiveness, forgiviness, Forgiving Others, Grace, Uncategorized
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Under Gods Command

Mathews 6:14-15 For it you forgive others for their transgressions (Sins), your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. 

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. 

Jesus said if we forgive someone, then the Lord will forgive us. Jesus compares the two types of forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of us is dependent on our forgiving others. As we try to understand Jesus’ words, we must first remember that we have no power over the eternal fate of another person, for Christ alone is our Judge:

We know Jesus was not asking us to forgive someone from the penalty of their sin in eternity for only God can do that. The only kind of forgiveness we can extend to another person is the rebuilding of our earthly fellowship with that person. So, when Jesus asks us to forgive another, He must be speaking in terms of earthly relationships, not eternal outcomes.

If a believer forgives in this way, Jesus says God will forgive us. From the context, the proper interpretation is that God will forgive us in the same way He asks us to forgive others: by restoring fellowship with us. Once again, Jesus is speaking in terms of earth consequences and earthly forgiveness. The Lord will forgive us from the earthly consequences of our sins provided we are willing to show forgiveness to others (which is a part of our mission to show the love of Christ to the world).

The Bible teaches that our sins after faith may still bring us earthly consequences. The Lord may choose to bring discipline against us for our sin, which the Bible calls the discipline of the Lord. Discipline is intended by God to drive us back into a godly walk with Him:

By not forgiving others, we deny our common ground as sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and we break the family relationship God wants us to have with all people.  Our salvation from sin is not based on our forgiving others, but we cannot receive God’s forgiveness until we realize what forgiveness really means.

Lets Bring it Home: We can easily ask God for forgiveness for ourselves but then had on to grudges toward others who are difficult to forgive.  Whenever we ask God to forgive us for sin, we should first ask ourselves if we have forgiven the people who have wronged us.

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