FORGIVE BECAUSE YOU ARE FORGIVEN

Posted: November 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

FORGIVE BECAUSE YOU ARE FORGIVEN

The other day I was watching a television show in one of our local TV station, and the host or rather the topic of the show was FORGIVENESS, But what really got my attention was something the host said as she was listing down the benefits of forgiving those people who have wronged you. It was point number three that caught my attention, it read

“IF YOU DON’T FORGIVE GOD WOUNT FORGIVE YOU”

Really?
These seems to suggest that as long as I DONT forgive then God will not forgive me Jesus said:

(KJV)Matthew 6:14-15
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: [15] But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(KJV)Mark 11:25
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.

By reading those verses it seems as if Jesus is making forgiveness of sin conditonal, but reading through the gospel you will find Jesus on the streets revealing another forgiveness that is unconditional,
(KJV)Matthew 9:2
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

The paralytic man had forgiven no one,yet he was forgiven it was the same with the sinful woman(Luke 7) it was the same for the whole world

(KJV)1 John 2:2
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

When Jesus hung on the cross

(KJV)Luke 23:34
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

If this seems confusing to you look at the cross. The cross is the dividing line of history, the cross roads of the two covenants. Before the cross it was forgiven FORGIVE and you will be forgiven, but speaking of what would happen as a result of the cross, Jesus said “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men”(Matthew 12:31) when was every sin and blasphemy forgiven? At the cross! Unconditional forgiveness is one of the most liberating truth about the grace of God.
There are two statements in the bible that seem to contradict eachother
(KJV)Matthew 6:14
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

AND:

(KJV)Colossians 3:13
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Did you spot the deffrence?
The first statement says “forgiveness starts with us”
The second says “forgiveness begins with God”

But note one is before the cross and the other is after the cross!

If you think forgiveness starts with, that you must show it to get it. You will forgive others out of a sense of insecurity. What you need to know is that all your sins past present and future were forgiven at the cross. When you apprehend what Jesus did for you it will radically change you, it will transform you from a selfish sinner into an ambassador of God’s goodness, you will show others mercy not because you have to but because God has been so good to you,the Holy spirit within you will lead to pray for your enemies and bless those who curse you. This were things Jesus preached but he knew it was humanly impossible without regeneration. He was pointing them to Himself the savior. In conclusion your forgiveness is not conditional it is a done deal, now forgive for you have been forgiven, grace and peace -Tash.

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