Thanks God I am Forgiven

Thank God I Am Forgiven 

When I think about XMAS and the birth of Christ it reminds me of the greatest gift God has ever given us, it’s the gift of forgiveness. The bible calls our sins a debt.  Sin is a debt that God paid with Jesus’ death on the cross.  It was not free, it cost to forgive. Forgiveness is the paying of a debt that another cannot pay.

Matthew 6:14 – 15;For if you forgive people their trespasses (letting them go and giving up resentment), your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive you.

Jesus commands us to forgive those who have offended us. He also taught it in parables and in the Lord’s Prayer. But the importance of His teaching has yet to dawn on many. Any believer in Christ who thrives in unforgiveness is standing on dangerous ground.

Getting even with the person who hurt you

What is natural to “the flesh” (the carnal nature) when we have been hurt or abused or insulted is to strike back, to plot revenge, or to simmer in bitterness. This is “only human”. But God requires forgiveness; else He will NOT forgive us. If we are unwilling–or unable–to forgive, then there is no use asking God for what He has told us He will not give. For believers, dealing with the sin of unforgiveness is first priority.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

We think people get off easy if we forgive then without some form of punishment from us, but the Bible says vengeance is the Lords.

Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Luke 17:3-5 “If a brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

Consequences of unforgiveness

One of the most prominent things in a man’s life which hinders him from reaching the high calling of God in his life is unforgiveness.  Unforgiveness can harm our physical health. It can disrupt our mental being. But most of all, it will hinder our Spiritual walk with God. 

God forgives us as we forgive others.

James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

Mark 11:25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear meWhen we don’t forgive we become bitter.

Ephesians 4:31-33 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Why we should forgive?

Grace factor – forgive because God forgives you. We need to extend Grace.

Matthew 18:21-35 Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you? In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive a brother or sister from your heart.”

Failure to forgive others is not merely sin, it is wickedness in the eyes of God.

Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Even poor, longsuffering Job had to forgive his ‘friends’ and pray for them, and it was not until he did so, that God began to restore his life. 

Job 42:10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

The end goal of every believer is to be like Christ, If you refuse to forgive how are you then like Christ?  In summary and in closing, we forgive out of obedience to the Lord. It is a choice, a decision we make. However, as we do this “forgiving,” we discover the command is in place for our own good, and we receive the reward of our forgiveness – freedom.

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