How do you feel about forgiveness?
I ask this, because recieving it is one thing; but giving it out is quite another!
And with that said,
How many of us are interested in GOD'S FORGIVENESS?🤔
Most of us?
All of us?
So how many of us are actually willing to give it to others, so that we might recieve what we sow, whenr we forgive others? Do you recall reading Galatians 6:7, and hearing The LORD, say: Do not be decieved, GOD is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Surely we each remember GOD'S WORD?" So I ask you, Beloved, if we won't sow seeds of FORGIVENESS, can we in sincerity, expect to recieve it?
I don't see how! Especially since The WORD of The LIVING GOD is clear on the matter, and makes it abundantly evident, by saying in Mathew 16:15
If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your FATHER forgive you your trespasses.
And do we each wish to be "FORGIVEN, Beloved?
Then we must sow the seeds of FORGIVENESS!
For those who won't, can tragically expect to reap the harvest of unforgiveness themselves!
Yet, how many people hold tight to their anger and resentment, against there neighbors, and fellow man?" How many more, harbor hate in their hearts towards others?
Let me share Mathew 5:21-24 with you, and allow GOD to remind each of us, that hate, Beloved, is equal to murder.
Consider how it reads: ”You have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment." But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his Brother, Raca!
shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, You Fool! shall be in danger of Hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
Consider this, when the US Civil War ended in 1865, more than five hundred thousand soldiers died, the economy was shattered, and people remained deeply divided. There is great suffering when friends and families are fractured because of war and the unwillingness to forgive others. So how can anyone find healing to this adversity?
Well, The GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST brings The PROMISE of PEACE and RECONCILIATION with GOD, and with one another. But how? By our willingness to believe GOD, and then embracing HIM, through our obedience to HIS WORD.
For as we embrace The WORD of The LIVING GOD. We embrace The GOD, Who with HIS WORD created us, and gave to everything, LIFE!
Consider how John 1:1 assures us of this, in saying: In the beginning was The WORD,
and The WORD was with GOD, And The WORD was GOD.
And since Hebrews 13:8 assures us, that JESUS CHRIST is The same yesterday, today, and FOREVER.
We know that The WORD that was GOD, Is GOD!
And will forever be GOD communicating with us, and guiding us with TRUTH!" And so when Peter asked JESUS, (The TRUTH of GOD,) how often he should forgive a brother who sinned against him in Mathew 18:21, The LORD surprised everyone greatly with HIS response, saying, seventy times seven. I can just imagine the eye's wide open, and the onlookers, jaw dropping!"
For then HE told an unforgettable story about a servant who had received forgiveness and failed to pass it on. Let me share it with you, and get your thoughts on it. Mathew 18:23-35 reveals it like this: Therefore the KINGDOM of HEAVEN is like a certain KING Who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when HE had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed ten thousand talents, but as he was not able to pay, his Master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant fell down before HIM saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay YOU all.' Then the Master of the servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out, and went and found one if his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denari; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe! So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, Have patience with me and I will pay you all. And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved and went and told their Master all that had been done. Then his Master after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant!
I forgave you all that debt because you begged ME. Should you not have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' And his Master was angry and delivered him to the torturers until he paid all that was owed to him.
This is how MY HEAVENLY FATHER will also treat each of you, unless you forgive your Brother from the heart.
From what I've gathered,
If we are to be FORGIVEN, we are to FORGIVE!
For if we won't FORGIVE, and we harden our heart. With the consequence of unforgiveness, we will FOREVER, live.
Or should I say, die?
Please Beloved, respond to The WORD of HIM, Who speaks to us from on High!