A LESSON ON FORGIVENESS

I wonder how many times that we say the words from the Lord’s Prayer “forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who trespass against us.” that we really fully understand what we are saying? You mean we’re only going to be forgiven the way we forgive others? Yes, that’s what it says. Lord help us to be more forgiving so that we too may be forgiven. I know I need a lot of mercy and forgiving from the Lord and others so that’s why I want to be more forgiving because with the same degree of forgiving I show toward others that is the same degree of forgiving God will show back to me. Unforgiveness is like taking in a poison and hoping to get better. Unforgiveness will even make you physically sick. Those who won’t forgive others break down the bridge which they themselves must cross over “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)  “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)   “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7b). If we want the Lord to not remember our sins then we should be treating others the same way, not just forgiving, but also forgetting.  “Then came Peter unto him, and said Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him. I say not unto thee,Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.” (Mathew 18:21,22). Sometimes the hardest person that you will ever have to forgive is yourself! “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5:23,24). How can we ask the Lord to answer our prayers or ask for forgiveness for ourselves when we can’t forgive others?  “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.” (Matthew 6:14,15). It’s not right for people to bring up others past sins that have already been forgiven by Jesus Christ, and are washed away by his precious blood, and that Jesus himself, and God The Father, and The Holy Spirit themselves remember them no more. In fact the only one who does is the devil, who tries to condemn us. So don’t be like the devil and remind people of their past sins.“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” (Luke 7:47). How much have you been forgiven? Does it take you a long time to forgive others who ask you for forgiveness? Beware, because you don’t want the Lord to take a long time to forgive you.

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

 

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