This THING called Forgiveness

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Forgiveness as taught by JesusJesus preached alot about FORGIVENESS. He said LOVE your enemies. BLESS those who persecute you. Yet so many of us hold on to bitterness, and feelings of ill will out of a puffed up sense of PRIDE!

We’ve all been there, saying at one point or another we can’t forgive this or that person, the sin or transgression is far too great! But what if our Lord, Jesus Christ had second thoughts about dying on the cross for OUR sins and NOT forgiven us? That’s right you and me. Afterall it wasn’t like HE was actually responsible, much less guilty for our sins, the many times willfull, bad choices we’d made. So why should He take on the penalty and blame for such?

But yet our Savior did just that because He DOES love us so very much and His mercy is great! JESUS CHRIST hung and died on the cross paying the PENALTY in FULL for your sins and mine. And in spite of all the horrible suffering, persecution, misery, rejection and torment He was experiencing, said to Abba in Luke 23:34 (KJV) “Father forgive them they know NOT what they do!”

Yet I wonder how many of us could honestly say we really get this thing called FORGIVENESS.

Here’s the really GREAT THING about forgiveness….

People don’t have to like or accept you to forgive them.
They don’t have to change their ways for you to forgive them.
People don’t have to apologize for you to forgive them.
They don’t even have to leave their false religion for you to forgive them.

But yet how many of us have certain REQUIREMENTS involved due to this thing called PRIDE when it comes to the subject of forgiveness and turning the other cheek? Matthew 5:38-39 (KJV)

Don’t let PRIDE get in the way. PRIDE is about SELF. Jesus said if we are His true followers we will DENY ourself, even DIE to self. Luke 9:23 (KJV) Realize we need far less of self and MORE of God.

Instead fervently PRAY for those who persecute you or have done you wrong. It will go alot further than HATE or HOLDING on to any GRUDGE. If Jesus Christ can forgive us of all of our transgressions, taking on the full penalty for our guilt, when it wasn’t even His fault, who then are we NOT to forgive?

And think about this for a minute…if they can’t even see Christ in us, with a forgiving attitude or change of heart, how do we, who stand there and profess to be Christians, expect to win them to Christ at all?

Start with forgiveness, be meek and humble in your witness. For ALL of us deserved the PENALTY for our sin. Romans 3:9-12 (KJV) 9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

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My name is Brenda and I am the Editor / Publisher of DEFENDING GOD'S WORD, a Biblical and Spiritual discernment ministry here to help you in rightly dividing the Word of God when contending for the faith. Our mission for this blog is to reach others with the Gospel message of our Savior Jesus Christ and to alert those caught up in the growing apostacy & deception infiltrating His Church in these last days so they are not deceived. Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

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