Forgive

(Matthew 6:14-15) “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

In these verses, the Lord is teaching us that having a forgiving attitude is the duty that each believer must have towards the others. Now that we are in Christ, we must show the fruits of Christ. The Lord Jesus is not saying here that if we don’t forgive others He will withdraw our justification or we will lose our salvation . No, once we are truly in Him, He gives us the assurance to remain with Him.

What is being said here is that if we don’t forgive others, that shows a lack of love. And believers who do such things, must ask for the Lord’s forgiveness to obtain the daily cleansing. God chastens His children who disobey and if we refuse to forgive others He will withhold forgiveness from us.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to encourage each and everyone of you, including myself, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, please let’s keep our eyes on the Lord, have a Christ-like behavior, be loving and forgiving. When we genuinely love the Lord, we want to obey Him with all our being.

So let us put our hearts and hands together, thank the Lord for the free pardon that we have already received and accepted by His grace, the pardon He extended to all of us, and remember to have the same kind and generous attitude towards the others.

For this is how God loved us “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

The Lord bless you all,

Christservant.

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One Response to Forgive

  1. Mary T says:

    Thanks be to God for giving us undeserved grace to receive blessed forgiveness and/or to mercifully pardon another. It is as if the weight of the world is lifted when someone extends a mercy to another who has offended them. And since we belong to Christ, it is as God Himself is forgiving us. When we forgive someone their transgressions, we are extending a bit of Christ’s love and tender mercies to another. Guilt can be a terrible thing to bear. Sometimes all we can do is plead for mercy and forgiveness. (and obey the Lord by determining to overcome our weaknesses by the help and grace of God, not in our own power, but by the Holy Spirit). And when the word is given “I forgive thee” then it is one of the most glorious mercies to be had.

    In Luke 7:38, we read where a woman was very sorry and repentant of her sins; she brought Jesus her most expensive perfume and poured it over Him. It reads “And stood at his feet behind him weeping and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment” Jesus saw her sacrifice of expensive perfume that would have cost her about one year’s wages, and the fact that she wiped his feet with her hair was a form of humility, and Jesus said about this repentant woman, verse 47-48 “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. And he said unto her “Thy sins are forgiven”. So this woman received the miracle of Jesus forgiving her many sins. That day she was let out of her prison of sin and shame, thanks be to Jesus.

    And to another person, The Lord said “Go and sin no more.” That is just what we need to do. Not to take advantage of God’s forgiveness by excusing our sins, nor by thinking we have just been let out of trouble easily only to casually think we can do it again, no, we must cherish the love and mercy and forgiveness we receive and “go and sin no more”.

    May the Lord be gracious unto us. For we do not receive justice which we deserve, but his tender mercies everyday through Christ Jesus our Lord.

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