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6/18/2017 ~ Forgiveness


  Forgiveness.mp3 (35m 23s)


Darkness is a well of nowhere.
Forgiveness is an integral part of our faith as Christians.
Forgiveness is key in understanding God and what He expects of us.


"To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness,
though we have rebelled against Him." ~ Daniel 9:9


In rebellion against God, His mercy and forgiveness remain
as offered to each of us. He is the source we need to consider.


... our fathers acted proudly, Hardened their necks, And did not heed
Your commandments. They refused to obey, ... ~ Nehemiah 9:16-17


God is forgiving a people who are not worthy; the Israelites leaving Egypt.
Forgiveness is not necessarily deserving
because one suddenly becomes worthy.


"... says the Lord GOD: I do not do this for your sake, ..." ~ Ezekiel 36:21-25

God forgave those unworthy to show His nature and righteousness.

... you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good;
and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and
your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this," says the Lord GOD, ...
~ Ezekiel 36:31-33


He did this not only to show Himself, but so we could see our own wicked
ways in rebellion against Him, and to repent in thankfulness for Him.
His nature shows us what He expects in our own nature.


... flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these
are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
~ Galatians 5:17


It is hard to obey the spirit as the flesh wars against our better judgment.
Carnal desires go against what is righteous. Many find an unforgiving
heart easier, rather than forgiving one who has violated you. God made
a decision to forgive the unworthy to expose who He was. Forgiveness
is not a feeling, it is a decision. God did not feel good about those He
forgave. One may never feel good against the perpetrator. Forgiveness
releases anger and frees one to love. It is done to heal yourself, and it is
for you, more than the offender. It is a temptation not to hold a forgiving
heart, and it goes against nature not to have one. It is a way of living.


"... how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? ..."
~ Matthew 18:21-27


Again, to know God is to learn of His ways in what has been written.
Seventy times seven is 490.
It is a principle of heart, always ready to forgive.


Forgiveness is a Principle of Heart
   7 x 70 = 490   
   7 x Daily    

"... So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart,
does not forgive his brother his trespasses." ~ Matthew 18:28-35


The Word warns against a bitter heart.
An unforgiving heart is a tortuous thing.


"... if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in
heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive,
neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." ~ Mark 11:25-26


As God forgave us, we are now in a state of temporary transience. He
expects that we show the same character, and it is by His nature that we
are shown what is best for us, in obtaining that coveted pureness of heart,
in all good conscience. Without forgiveness, love is all but elusive.


"... if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither
will your Father forgive your trespasses." ~ Matthew 6:12-15


Forgiveness of others is a big deal with God,
and it hinges on how He will judge us.


"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him. ..." ~ Luke 17:3-4


How BIG is the warning not to fall into a bitter heart. Compassion for
others who would attempt to be genuine should never be turned away.
This is the command from God.


For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment. ~ James 2:13


'The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and
transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, ...' ~ Numbers 14:18


It is about mercy, not insignificance where justice deserves punishment.
God declares that the guilty will account for their actions. There is
consequences for our actions. Not being able to forgive tires
a heart and divides our true relationship with God.


And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave
them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; ...
unforgiving ... those who practice such things are deserving of death, ...
~ Romans 1:28-32


It is written, an unforgiving heart is worthy of death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23


To embrace sin knowing His will is to reject Him. It is a fact none sinful are
worthy of forgiveness. God has given us a way to heal in His view. His
word heals in bringing us back to our good senses. Without turning back
to God and His call for goodness, we run the risk of rebellion in His sight.
This is not how one wants to meet the maker of all creation.


Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." ...
~ Luke 23:34


Jesus did not feel good about those who murdered Him, and yet He
forgave them, as they did it. We too are under this temporary grace era,
before His judgment will become final. Opportunity is like a string, which
either can turn into a saving rope, or snapped away into the abyss. He
watches as He calls for us to behave in all righteousness.


... I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but
I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. ~ 1st Timothy 1:13-14


God takes into account individual hearts and it is fortunate He is the
judge, and not us. May His mercy extend more than we are able.
To be in Christ one must accept his love in faith.


... Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings
from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; ... ~ Isaiah 1:15-18


We know God does not hear sinners, so how can He hear us?
It is when our will power becomes stronger than the flesh which
deceives us. It is when we hear His call to wash ourselves
and put away evil and learn to do good.


He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us
into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption
through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. ~ Colossians 1:13-14


It is in Christ that we have the forgiveness of sins.

"... that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;
and by Him everyone who believes is justified ..." ~ Acts 13:38-39


To be justified in the sight of God one must believe in Jesus. This takes in
to account all that He was and not to question that He was not. The trend
of man is to replace God with religions and or beliefs of convenience,
where accountability is nullified. In God, it is not so without Him. Do you
hear that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God?


"Him God has exalted to His right hand to be a Prince and Savior,
to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins." ~ Acts 5:31


Would God not be God? It is God who is offering us forgiveness,
and it has been plainly shown to those who believe
as well as those who would not.


"... 'to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from
the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgivness of sins and an
inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.' " ~ Acts 26:18


To be forgiven of sins, one must be sanctified by faith in Christ.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace ... ~ Ephesians 1:7-9


We are not worthy of His grace, but by believing
and following His ways, His will is fulfilled in our return.


Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from
you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving
one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:31-32


For us to be free in spirit, we must become more like God.
His word instructs us with the medical precision of a surgeon.


Forgiveness allows an entrance unto eternity
God is forgiving people who are not worthy
God forgives to show his righteousness & his nature
We forgive to show our nature in righteousness
Forgiveness is not a feeling, it is a decision
We must have forgiving hearts to receive forgiveness  
It is about mercy, not insignificance
Forgiveness is a way of life god demands
All have sinned worthy of death
We need Jesusís sacrifice to have our sins forgiven
He forgives those that humbly turn to Him
He forgave to show us how to forgive
We can only be justified through belief Jesus
Redemption/forgiveness comes through His death

It is God who shows us how to forgive
Darkness leaves nothing to turn on


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