Excellent thoughts from Brother Rick!
Forgiveness is found. Forgiveness is experienced. When a person is forgiven a moral change is granted from God. Forgiveness is known by you.
In Salvation from Christ forgiveness from all past sin is the initial work of God’s Grace. Forgiveness is not to be confused with “sinning religion”; or taken for granted. A forgiven man is a holy man made clean by the Grace of God.
Forgiveness is a state of being found in Salvation…through your personal trust in Christ. A forgiven man is seen by God as one who believes; trusts; and stays in subjection to Christ…the one who forgave; pardoned; and gave new life.
Forgiveness is not to be taken lightly; or used as an excuse to sin. “If” we sin we have an Advocate, Christ…but don’t make it “because” we sin. Because means that you take sin for granted. The attitude of forsaking sin is the attitude of a…
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If you find forgiving others, or even yourself, for some affront extremely difficult, raise your hand! (Both of mine flew into the air.)
Previous blogs in this series have dealt with Tough Issues among Christians, differences in interpretation of scripture and denominational differences. This one addresses what, for nearly all of us, is a really, really TOUGH personal issue. How can we forgive?
Forgiveness is inextricably intertwined with so many things in Christianity… Grace, Salvation, Repentance, Love among them. All of God’s commands are summarized by Jesus in the Great Commandment:
36″Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Mt…
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Forgiveness is central to a life of faith but it’s often embarrassingly absent.
One of the biggest reasons people don’t forgive is because they misunderstand what forgiveness involves. We have too many layers of false information that scares us away from the idea. So today I want to help define forgiveness for us. Let’s start with something Jesus said about prayer…
…when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25
Forgiveness is the opposite of holding something against someone. It means to let go of the event that separates you from another person. It’s like something stands in between you and this person with their offense written all over it. Your relationship is now defined by what you hold against them. You continually point to it and remind your offender of what they’ve…
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In 1970 a very sappy movie came out called Love Story starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw. It was a story of unconditional love. Actually, it was a pretty good movie. But it carried a message that could easily lead us astray.
Perhaps the most famous line from the movie was “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
That would be all well and good if we were perfect, if we never did anything that harmed or hurt those we love. I’m clearly not perfect. Try as I might, I still say or do things that hurt my wife, my kids or others in my life. When I do that, I need to set things right. And not only with the one I have directly hurt, but with others who may have observed. For example, if my kids see me do something that is hurtful or disrespectful to their…
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