” Why doesn’t God ……. ??? is an often-asked question… and one reason may be found in the Holy Bible in Chapter 20 of Ezekiel… Pay particular attention to Verses 9 14, and 20 Ezekiel 20:14 New Living Translation (NLT) 14 “But again I held back in order to protect the honor of my name […]
Forgiveness will set YOU free !!!
FORGIVENESS………Understanding and applying this teaching of forgiveness by Jesus, will free anyone from negative feelings .
“ it is more blessed to give, than to receive “ Jesus said in Acts 20:35
Of all the teachings of Jesus, one of the most important topics is that of forgiveness.
From the parable about the father of the prodigal son, to the attitude of the Samaritan helping one who scorned him Lk 10:33, to the Jesus’ words from the Cross ‘ Father, forgive them‘ Lk 23:34 ,
Jesus taught and lived a life of Forgiveness.
By the Lord’s command, we who claim to be Christians must forgive all others, in order to expect to get God’s forgiveness. Mt 6:14,15
Forgiving those who have offended us, seems to be of such difficulty , that most often Christians live by rationalizing the unforgiveness they maintain.
To forgive…is to cease to feel resentment against someone who has offended you.
Your Forgiveness will allow an offense to pass, without (you) requiring punishment
Forgiveness is not neccessarily a pardon, a pardon absolves an offender from the consequences, and forgiveness may not always do that.
Forgivness is an attitude , whereby you do not retaliate or seek revenge.
Forgiveness given by you, does not have to be accepted by the other party…you can forgive someone, regardless of whether they accept your forgiveness!
Do not allow someone to make you continue to feel bad, by refusing to accept your forgivenessor your sincere apology Lk 17: 3
Guilt…. is the mental state of one who has committed an offense, often producing torment…it is often self-imagined..due to perceived circumstances…..
or it is sometimes ( a feeling ) produced and manipulated by others..
often those who you have offended…..try to make you feel guilty, even if you have said you were sorry.
You may know someone who regularly does that, or you may have done that yourself
It is one of the ways people rationalize their unforgiveness..
if we can make the other person feel guilty, we feel good and don’t repent for our unforgiveness. ” We want them to pay “
Repenting…Seeking forgiveness, turning away from repetitious evil with sincere effort to the changing of one’s life, is your only freedom from Guilt.
When God is FIRST in your life, you will realize that the forgiveness you need is readily available from HIM…..and is all the forgiveness you need….
Although it is nice to get the forgiveness of those we may offend…..
only the forgiveness we GIVE to others, and that which we GET from GOD is important.
If you’re a Christian you probably already know what Jesus taught :
‘….God will forgive you, if you will forgive all others, ……..but God won’t forgive you…..if you don’t………….Mt 6:14
Christians pray as Jesus taught :” forgive us our sins as we forgive (all) others “
Clearly, Jesus is teaching that if we expect forgiveness, Christians must first forgive all others !
He, never said ‘ except that one…because it would be so hard to forgive…..or ‘ except that one, because that offense is too great….
or ‘ I’ll understand that you can’t do that just yet……No, not in even one verse did He ever justify unforgiveness !!!
And yet today, we can find some church leaders and counselors teaching us to rationalize why we don’t have to forgive….
Paul said “ I can do all things..”….and he forgave many…..including himself.
Do you think the 12 Apostles had an easy time forgiving Paul for the terrible times he gave them and their followers ???????
The Apostles were taught by Jesus that it was required of them…..and they obeyed And so it is with us all.
We are required to forgive all who have offended us, and we must learn to do so, because it is NOT easy to do, until we learn how.
Even if you are not a Christian, Almighty God’s principles of forgiveness will bring you Peace .
Forgiveness…Shows YOUR LOVE :
of God, as you obey Him….
of others, as you extend fairness to them
and of yourself, as you have no self-inflicted guilt
Jesus taught that we show Love and do good to our neighbors….especially the one’s we look down on,… and those who scorn us. Lk 10: 27,36,37
It is not possible to LOVE, when resentment abounds !
And yet today….many preachers find ways to justify, or ignore unforgiveness,
thereby leading many people as ‘Goats’ to the Lords Judgement
rather than as the ( loving ) Sheep HE desires .
WE ALL have the opportunity to learn AND teach this Freedom Giving Truth NOW!!
People living without forgiving every offense, are their OWN Captives
When you will not forgive someone..most often the other person does not even remember, or care if they are not forgiven..
and they may have no ‘discomfort’ about the situation.
But if you have contact with them, or have thoughts about the offense, you still get feelings of indignation, anger, or rage.
It is YOU who are experiencing ‘hell’ on earth.
By seeking the Lord’s help in forgiving the offenses of all others, …
and keeping your thoughts in thanks to God for His help,
forgiveness will come with a Peace that brings freedom to you.
It takes a decision to do this each time the offense or offender comes to mind,until it becomes a habit….
It is not always necessary to tell the other person you have forgiven them.
Often, their response is ” Forgive me for WHAT ? This was all your fault ” as they rationalize their part of the situation.
Simply commit yourself to forgiveness, and live in peace.
NO PERSON has the right to refuse to forgive us..and any refusal by someone, should be ignored.
Forgive Yourself Too !!!!!
Not only are you to forgive OTHERS, but you MUST forgive yourself!!
FORGET the Past
Paul said…I am bringing all my energies…..forgetting the past and looking forward to what is ahead…….” Phil 3 : 13 see also 1 Tim 6 Heb 13:5
Paul did many things in his life, that by 50 AD he certainly was sorry for…( like most of us)….
WE cannot have the GIFT of peace that Jesus brought to the World, if we do not forgive ourselves…
for certainly if God can forgive me when I don’t deserve it, how can I allow myself to reject the Peace He Gives, by not forgiving myself ?????
And so, make the same decision to forgive yourself, and than God for his help in doing so.
Remember…… Love DEMANDS forgiveness ( to be given)
Forgiveness…brings YOU Freedom
and Peace Unforgiveness punishes you , not the offender
Although some may preach that unforgiveness can be rationalized,
it is a lie that causes people to live in pride and unforgiveness
By allowing unforgiveness to continue in your life, you are rejecting GOD
Peace within you, cannot exist where there is bitterness and unforgivness.
Read before and after these verses:Mt 5:43 6:15 9:6 18:35 19:19 22:39 23:34Mk 3:28 11:26 12:31Lk 5:20 6:27 6:35 6:46 7: 41-50 13:26,27Jn 13:34 15:12
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