Forgiveness

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Forgiveness, Uncategorized
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Sunday morning worship service is often riddled with worshipers contaminated by unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is destroying the church, our families and our nation. Surely we as believers in Christ will not sleep this one out and wake up one day to find ourselves angry and hating one another! The Lord speaks, “Wake up church, families and body of Christ. See the truth. Jesus set the example for us as He died on the cross and forgave those who put Him there. No subject was stronger in his heart than to command us to do as He did and “forgive those who wrong us for they know not what they do.”

People are leaving our churches in droves. Thousands enter the church week in and week out, but within weeks or months, they leave because they find no solution to their pain, their anger, resentments and unforgiveness.

Jesus looks down from the cross with fresh blood on his face, down his side, dripping from his hands and feet. He says to us this day “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” He paid, through His suffering, the full price for us. He forgave us and says for us to forgive and ask forgiveness. He could not have made it more plain: “Forgive them. Ask their forgiveness. Resist revenge and retaliation. Remember, what goes around comes around.”

Matthew 6:12-15 (NASB) “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 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.”

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  1. Shelley says:

    I have been hurt over and over again by those in leadership in my own church. (I do not attend Fullness in Christ) The most recent event happened only last week and I heard the same words of my Lord that you quoted above, “Forgive them for they know not what they are doing”. A lot of resentment and unforgivenss begins when we take things personally when they should not be taken personally. I am learning that slowly but surely. I am guilty of the very same things that have been done to me so I must make a concsience decison to forgive and forgive again, 77 times. I am working on loving and forgiving extravagantly as The Father loves and forgives me extravagantly.

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  2. Victoria Sattler says:

    Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die. Unfortunately when we are hurting, we can choose to forgive but it takes a lot of work for the emotions to follow the choice.

    On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 5:48 AM, Ras Robinson Blog wrote:

    > Ras Robinson posted: “Sunday morning worship service is often riddled > with worshipers contaminated by unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is destroying > the church, our families and our nation. Surely we as believers in Christ > will not sleep this one out and wake up one day to find ou” >

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  3. Marilyn says:

    I needed much grace today. When I went to communion, I received the cup of blessing. Jesus said at the Last Supper, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” As I partook of the cup I knew that my sins were forgiven. I knew I had received great grace. But I also knew that now I had to give that same forgiveness/grace to others.

    As we take communion, we receive God’s great forgiveness. But we are then to forgive others also. We need a constant reminder that we are forgiven and that we must forgive others. I think that’s why Jesus said to do this in remembrance of Him.

    “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”

    Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Imagine the peace that could come to our world if we taught forgiveness and practiced it.
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