It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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Life Choices- Cause and Effect – continued

Society tells us education is the way to a better life, but we see educated criminals who are only smarter at getting around the system. We are told to get a good job however, we then see many workers who are unemployed after a lifetime of service. Life experiences try to teach us to be concerned only for ourselves, every man for himself and self-preservation is above all. But God says, His ways are not man’s ways and His thoughts are as high above man’s thoughts, as the heavens are as high above the earth. We are told to forgive others even if they do not ask for it or deserve it. We are told to seek the wellbeing of others and to help those who are in need.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

There is a universal principle of cause and effect. Some call it Karma but God calls it sowing and reaping. If we know the type of fruit we want then we should plant the type of seed to produce such fruit. If we know what type of life we want to live, whether it be obtaining wealth or showing kindness and love to one another that is the type of corresponding energy we expend to others. Those actions, the seeds sowed toward others, will reap a harvest. This occurs in both the spiritual and physical realm. Those things we want to receive in our future we plant in our present.

Even with our bad choices and mistakes of our past we can change and turn those things around through prayer. God has told us to come to Him and let us reason together. Our sins, though they were red as scarlet, He can turn them white as snow. God will place our sins in the sea of forgetfulness. We do not have to let our past define us because in God we are a new creation. God is more concerned about our future than He is with our past.

Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

Isaiah 1: 18-19 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.  If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land

 

Many people will allow their past to imprison them so they are unable to be free to accomplish their purpose and live their future. We see so many children and young minds destroyed through an act or one event, such as being abused, abandonment or even poor choices they make themselves. These are only actions and events that happened but we sometimes allow those actions to define us and determine our worth. They are only events and we all have the same choices which may allow this action to consume us and destroy our purpose. Believing we have no hope is a lie from the pit of hell. The good news is we can choose to accept Christ and become a new creation.

God knew our faults and failures before He created us so He had provided a way of escape through Jesus before the foundation of the world was laid. God knew the lies the enemy would try to use against us to cause us to distrust God and hate ourselves. Therefore, God sent Truth, His Son in flesh so we could be set free. No matter what the situation or circumstances were of our past, we all have a choice concerning our future. Though we may be living in some difficult conditions as the result of others choices for our lives or events, we can choose to make better decisions which, will lead to better and different results.

Isaiah 1: 18-19 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.  If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land

We have seen those who get trapped into lifestyles or habits of poor choices. Because of some tragic event that happened and they continue to relive that event over and over resulting in them making the same choices. Sadly, they never move beyond their past. We have also seen those who have gone through some atrocious events, but learn to forgive and move on to become successful people. Some even tend to have a passion to help others who are victims. We must learn how to forgive ourselves and others to live free from the past.

None of us can choose our families, race, nationality or social placement but we can choose what we do with the hand life have dealt us. We can listen to the enemy’s lie that says it is because of our race, nationality, gender, social or economic status, that we cannot be successful. Or we can choose to operate according to God’s principles and precepts because God has promised to provide a way of escape.

Remember, no matter what situation we currently find ourselves in, there is hope for change. We can make our future different from our past. God has also given the great gift of the Holy Spirit to indwell us and to secure our future but He has left the decision to us. We must choose to do things differently to get different results. Past events can impact our future but we can rise above our past and not allow it to hinder us. We can create new memories, new actions with new outcomes, but it is a choice.

Joshua 24:15b            But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Process To Forgiveness Part II

FORGIVENESS PART II STEPS 6-10

 

In the previous five steps, we cried out before The Lord, as Hannah the mother of Samuel did, when she was longing for children of her own. We laid our problems before God like Hezekiah, the king of Israel, did when he was given a letter that spoke of his destruction and the destruction of all Israel. Hezekiah laid this letter before The Lord when he was faced with war. We too, cried out before The Lord. We have written our concerns those things that came against us and tried to bring destruction and we have endured. We have lain before God, according to His word, humbled ourselves before Him, and prayed for God to hear our concerns because He knows all that was said and done against us.

I Samuel 1:6-7, 10     And because the Lord had closed her (Hannah) womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked till she wept and would not eat.  In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.

II Kings 19:14-16 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.  And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwells between the cherubim thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

 

6: Now we must decide to obey God as an act of our will. We must choose to forgive those who have wronged us. We do this as an act of faith just as we did when we received Jesus As our Lord. We believe it in our heart and with our mouth we confess it as an act of our will. These are the same steps we took to be saved.

We must make a decision to forgive and to let those injustices go because God has commanded it to be done. Letting go is a choice of our will and our actions reveal our choices. Every time we take an action, we are making choices of our will either consciously or by default. Man’s ability to choose, his will, made him different from all of God’s other creations in the earth. The choices we make lead us to take action and these actions will determine where we are in life.

There will be times when we hurt with such intensity that all we want to do is think about the hurt and what was done and we do not want to let it go. The intense pain of the situation may make us feel we have every right to be and stay angry. But if we do not release the hate, we may get comfortable with living in bitterness and may stay in that a whole life time and die with that same hate. We must forgive if we are to be released from the bondage of hate.

God has given His Word on the matter and He tells us to forgive. God’s ways are not man’s ways. They are higher and have a greater purpose and we may not be able to see or understand at the time the whys of life. We can know God is faithful and we can trust Him to work things out for our good and His glory in the end.

Jesus is Lord, who was given all power and authority. Therefore, He will not ask us to do anything we cannot do through His grace. We may feel as though we cannot forgive but we must make the decision and choose to do so. We may need to cry out and ask God to give us the forgiveness we need for that person or situation. It is a simple act of the will to say I choose to forgive. Simple is not always easy but God will give us the strength we need to forgive others and ourselves.

God says to obey is better than giving a sacrifice, better than doing all that work you do at church and service in the community. We need to ask God to give us the forgiveness we need.  Ask God to show us how to forgive, pray and acknowledge Jesus in the situation. Jesus is the one that bled and died for all humanity. God tells us to cast this un-forgiveness on Him and to bring those persons who have spitefully used and abused us, to Him in prayer and to ask God to give us the forgiveness we need and it will be given.

Ephesians 4:31-32 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. NIV

 James 4:2 b…Yet you have not, because you ask not.

 Matthew 7: 7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Romans 10: 9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

 

7: We are to cast away and get rid of the hate and bitterness that we have.

We need to burn and/or destroy all that we have written and laid out before the Lord as an act of our will and a symbolic act of casting all on Jesus. We need to destroy all that we have confessed so that the enemy will not have this as a reminder to us and to try to have us relive this situation by having us read our hurts over and over again.

God has given us the forgiveness we needed and we must focus on that. We wrote of all the pain and hurt we felt and this allowed us to acknowledge the wrong. Now we must purge these things by giving them to God to rightly judge. As we start the process of forgiving we do not want to give old feels a doorway to come back with those same old hurts. If we destroy the things written we cannot be tempted to go back or let them be used as a reminder.

We have confessed the truth and by destroying what was written is symbolic to us up rooting the anger, bitterness and casting our cares on Jesus.  This is an act of our will, to let go of the poison that was inside.  Jesus bore all these problems on the cross He paid the cost for all sin, and now He will take our concerns and give us His forgiveness. God knows how to judge justly. We can only see part of the story but God sees it all the total picture.

I Peter 5: 7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. NIV

 

8: We are to stand against the attacks of the enemy to bring those feelings and thoughts back to your remembrance because you have chosen to forgive.

We must know and understand the strategy of the enemy is to try and bring the pain and hurt back to us but with each attack we are to give God Praise for the forgiveness He has given. We must chose as an act of your will to praise God even if we do not feel like it or feel we have total forgiveness. It is a process and processes take time.

When the enemy tries to rise up and bring those thoughts of hurt, anger and bitterness back to our minds, we must remind him God has given us forgiveness. We can speak out in a LOUD VOICE: “OH BUT JESUS DIED FOR THEM AND FOR THAT SIN AND HE GAVE ME THE FORGIVENESS I NEED FOR THEM”. Even when our flesh screams for revenge we must scream back giving God praise for who He is. We should then begin to praise God! Give praise to the Lord God Almighty for what He is doing.  We know there is power in the spoken word and to say this with authority will help establish this in your heart and mind. God inhabits the praises of His people and your praise brings glory to God. Darkness cannot stand in the presence of light and the enemy must flee.

We can uproot the anger and bitterness; it is done with the word of God and as an act of our will our decision to choose to obey God. The Bible says Satan will come because the Word of God has gone forth and he will try to destroy the seed that was sown in our heart and spirit. God’s Word is sure and He tells us of the devices of the enemy. God would not have us to be ignorant but for us to know the truth. God tells us what to look for and to know that life is coming to test our convictions and to see if we really believe the word of God. This world system will try to take away all we have been taught and will try and steal the truth from us. We must not be taken by surprises but be prepared to stand on the promises.

God gave us a plan and method of stopping the enemy. Submit to God and resist the devil. It is one step process, to submit to God and the enemy must flee. We are to make this choice with our will and to decide we will not be anxious, upset or stay in un-forgiveness. We must decide to not let the enemy or lack of forgiveness come back and take what God has given. Every time these thoughts of hurt come to our remembrance, let those very thoughts be a signal to our mind to start praising and worshipping God. The enemy will soon stop reminding us of the hurt or the wrong because he does not want us to give praises to God.

The enemy came and attacked Jesus just as he did with Adam and Eve. He will always try and get us to question God’s love for us and our identity in God. The diffidence is Jesus spoke God’s word of truth with every lie Satan brought to Him and defeated him by the word of God. Adam and Eve were using their own intellect and perceptions, the same trap many of us get caught in today. God tells us not to give place to the evil thoughts in our mind but to think on whatever is pure, just, praise worthy or of a good report, keep these things in our mind and thoughts.

The Bible tells us people will receive the word of God in different ways once they have heard the truth of the Gospel. Some people hear the word and their heart is like hard ground like Pharaoh who hardened his heart when he heard God’s word. The seed of God’s word may enter their hearts because of the hardiness the seed could not penetrate the soil and the enemy comes immediately to distract and take the word from them.

Others may hear the word of God and receive it with joy. They start operating in the little knowledge they have but they do not take time to get rooted into the word of God. When life comes at them, crisis, loss of jobs, homes are gone, when trouble and affliction comes they become offended and the concerns of what they are going through chokes the word out of their heart. Because they do not have a deep root in the word of God when the heat of persecution comes they fall way.

Then there are those whose hearts are open to the word of God. They seek God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to them the word of God’s truth that they may grow. By the sincere milk of the word they will grow. When life comes to test their faith they are not taken by surprise they have the word of God to stand on. They believe in the word of God that tells them to stand and see the salvation of the Lord.

 Mark 4: 15 -17 Some people are like seed along the path, Where the Word is sown, As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the Word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, they quickly fall away. NIV

I Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

 

9: We are set free by setting others free.

Forgiveness sets us free. With un-forgiveness we are always chained and in bondage to that person or situation. When we stay in un-forgiveness, we keep reliving that same problem repeatedly and that person or situation is always with us in our thoughts and mind. Our spirit will end up being so entangled that every time we think about the situation we will get angry. Once we set that person free by forgiving them we also set ourselves free from torment. We are then free to live and to move on with our lives.  When we hold on to the anger, resentment and bitterness it destroys our body with sickness because, the body was not designed to carry the poison of hate inside.

God made provision for the poison of hate. He instructs us to cast all of our cares upon Him. Jesus came to destroy death and the poison venom that was spewed out on mankind because of sin. In His Body He took on the sins of the world and with His stripes He gave us healing. The peace we need He has supplied. This is the key to forgiveness. We must force our flesh and pride to line up with our will and that is to obey God’s Word and not let our feelings rule over us.

God will pay the just and the unjust. That is why He tells us to forgive because Jesus paid the price for all sin and God will judge all men according to what they did with His word and if they obeyed. Our actions reveal our “will” by the choices we make either by a conscious decision or by our unconscious floundering.  We are to have faith in God and know we can trust His word because He is a faithful God.

Psalm 37: 1 Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the worker of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. KJV

Psalm 37: 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret- it leads only to evil.

I John 2: 2 And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Isaiah 53: 4-5 Surely He has borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

 

10: We must understand that forgiveness does not mean the guilty will get by with the wrong they have done.

We can trust God to handle the matter and must allow Him to judge justly. We must believe God will avenge us and know forgiveness does not mean the wicked will go unpunished or our enemies will get away without consequence. Forgiveness only releases us, it does not mean God has turned a blind eye to the situation and it will go unnoticed.

God is a righteous Judge. He knows the whole situation. He will judge but according to His knowledge and ways which are not man’s ways. Our responsibility is to God as an act of our will, to ask Him for the forgiveness we need. It is God’s responsibility to take vengeance for the wrong done. It is not our job to make people pay for what they did, but our job is to pray and seek God’s face for them and for us.  We must let God settle our claims. If we try and settle the matter we may do too much or too little and only God is the perfect judge.

Romans 12:9Dearly beloved, avenge not yourself, and neither give place to wrath: for it is written VENGEANCE is MINE I WILL REPAY SAITH THE LORD.

Isaiah 55: 8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55: 11 So shall My Word be that go forth out of My mouth: It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Isaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.

We must understand this is a process, and not an “Oh Snap,” and it is done right now. Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness with the Word of God, saying “It is written…” and he left Him for a season. Do not be surprised if we have those old feelings of anger and un-forgiveness trying to come back to our thoughts to try and take root in our minds. The enemy wants to try and get a strong hold in our heart to get us back to those old ways of hating.

This is a process Jesus went through in the wilderness, Satan came three times asking Jesus to get Him to fall. That is the enemy’s tactic he keeps trying and then leaves for a season and will try to bring it back at a later time. We can choose to think on the things that are good, just and pure. We can choose to stand on the written word of God just as Jesus did when we say aloud God’s word. God has given me the forgiveness I need for that situation. Then we should praise God with songs, hymns or music and that will still the hand of the enemy.

Philippians 4: 4-9    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The Steps to Process Forgiveness;

A PROCESS TO FORGIVENESS; Steps 1-5

1:         Write out the problem, the hurt, the hate, and the bitterness you feel

Write out all you know and feel about the situation on paper. Be truthful with yourself and to God. We should express our emotions and our true feelings no matter how bad they sound or how hurtful it may be. If we are blaming someone for the hurt we feel, tell the truth about it. Sometimes we may not be sure who is really at fault, but the emotions and feelings are there, and we should acknowledge them.

We may blame ourselves for what has happened, or we may feel or know that others are at fault. We may even blame God for allowing this to happen to us and feel He is responsible for not stopping the situations. No matter where the blame lies, we should be honest with ourselves about our feelings to help us address truth.

The enemy will try to cover up our hindrances so that we cannot clearly see the real problem. He even tries to keep us confused on what has really happened to prevent us from ascertaining the truth. This is why it is important to write down what we feel has happened so that the problem and situation can be clearly identified and then addressed. By writing the problems and the hurt which may be buried deep we can begin addressing them. This will help us get to the very root of what has happened and all that we feel and think concerning the situation.

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Psalm 91: 4b … His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

2: Confess to the Lord what you feel, your hurt and your hate.

Tell the Lord the truth about how we feel and what we have gone through. It may help to lay before the Lord in prayer and to lay before Him with the written account of all our hurt and pain. We should tell Him the anger, hurt and bitterness we feel; even if we feel God is to blame for allowing things to happen. Confess to God the truth of our emotions because He already knows and sees our heart, He just wants us to acknowledge where we are so that we may recognize our need. Confess all that we know and have done and say all that we know about the situation that caused the hurt.

 

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

3: We need to understand the Word of God so we can stand on His promises.

We are to pray for those that misuse and abuse us; casting all your cares upon Him. It is important to understand we are just doing what the Bible tells us to do. We can tell Jesus we are obeying His word, He told us to pray for those who misuse and abuse us. We are bringing to Him our concerns, pain and problems and casting them on Him. We pray that God will give us the forgiveness we need for this situation. Jesus commands us to forgive it is not a request. We are free to choose if we are going to forgive or not; free to choose if we will we obey God who tells us we must forgive.

Jesus was beaten, His flesh torn from His body, nails driven in His hands and feet. He was spat upon, mocked and laughed at. Jesus received in His body every sickness and disease of mankind. His bones were showing and body out of joint, and all this He took because of our sins and not His own. God did this to purchase forgiveness for all mankind. If He had not, we all would die and go to hell.

Jesus forgave us our sins against Him, for the pain, the hurt and the burdens He bore because we rebelled against God. Jesus experienced total separation from His Father and endured the death of the cross so we may call God Father.

Jesus prayed for us, “Father forgive them they do not know what they do.” He took our place, became sin, and gave us His place as sons, joint heirs in the kingdom of God. Jesus took our punishment, death, hell that we might have abundant life. God paid a great price to purchase forgiveness for mankind and it is an insult to God and a lack of respect for all Jesus went through for us to spit in God’s face and refuse to forgive.

Those who are of God have the love of God and compassion for the lost and they too will pray Father forgive them. Those who are not of God but are of their father the devil will in their wickedness refuse to forgive and will receive the consequences of their choice.

 

Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgression; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

Luke 23:34   Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

4: Recognize what we did to Jesus and the suffering He endured because of us and yet He forgave us.

When we understand the suffering Jesus endured for us and realizes we were personally responsible for His death, if we have a heart for God, it will cause us to have compassion for others. Jesus was beaten because of me, His flesh torn from His body because of me, nails driven in His hands and feet because of me. He was spat upon, mocked and laughed at because of me. Jesus received in His body every sickness and disease for my healing. His bones were showing and body out of joint, and all this was done to Him because of our sins and not His own. Had He not, we all would die and go to hell.

Jesus forgave us for the pain, the hurt and the burdens He bore for our sins. Jesus experienced total separation from His Father and endured loneliness and despair so we can call God Father.  Jesus prayed for us, “Father forgive them they don’t know what they do.” He took our place and became sin and gave us His place as sons and joint heirs in the kingdom of God. Jesus took our punishment, death and hell so that we might have abundant life.

Isaiah 53:3-5          He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

Luke 23:34   Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

 

5: Understand you cannot forgive without the power of God by the Holy Spirit

We must acknowledge our weakness and our inability to forgive without the help of Christ. We do not have the power to forgive others for all they have done to us. God has made provision for us. He gave us the Holy Spirit to live in us to give us the power to forgive and become more like Christ. Jesus died for the world, not just for a few or a special group of people. He died for everyone even the ones who have hurt us.

When Peter asked Jesus how many times was he to forgive his brother, Jesus told him to forgive so many times that he could not keep up with the count. Jesus tells us to forgive men because our Heavenly Father forgave us our wrongs. When we do not forgive, we are holding inside the poison others have spewed on us and we are allowing our own feelings to rule us and come against God’s word. God knew the poison of not forgiving and that it would destroy us. He loves us so much He does not want to see our lives destroyed. That is why He commands us to forgive others so not to give the enemy a place in our lives.

Matthew 18: 21-22 Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times    seven.

Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Hebrew 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

 

FORGIVENESS – THE KEY

Forgiveness is a serious matter with God. It is so serious He purchased forgiveness for us with the blood of His Son Jesus. The Bible says God gave Jesus for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil. . When we refuse to forgive we refuse the blood of Jesus. God paid a high price with the death of His Son to purchase our deliverance and forgiveness, and for us to refuse to forgive is to reject Jesus, God calls that wicked.

Forgiveness is so important to God; He tells us to forgive those who hurt us just as we were forgiven our sins and hurts against God. God gives a strong warning, if we do not forgive we will not be forgiven and that is a very serious situation. When we do not forgive we are not only disobeying God but we are refusing the cleansing blood of Jesus. When we refuse Jesus we refuse the payment Jesus made for our sins. We will stand before God in judgement without an advocate and will be judged for our sins. This is why the end for those who will not forgive is eternal torment.

Many people think it does not matter if they forgive. They want to hold on to their hate and bitterness because of their pride they will not forgive. Forgiveness is the test of our true nature. It is not merely a stance that God has taken to cause people to stumble and fall. Forgiveness reveals who we are and who our lord and master. God’s people will act like God and they will look like their Father. God is love and forgives and He created man to be His representative in the earth of His love for all creation. If we do not forgive, no matter what we say, our nature and mannerisms and heart reflect our true make-up and that is the character of the enemy.

Jesus told the religious leaders of His time that they were murderers and liars like their father and He did as He had seen His Father do. Though we may call ourselves religious or saved our actions reveal the truth of who we are. That is why we are commanded to forgive and it is not a light matter it is a matter of heritage and son-ship and shows who is our true father.

In the parable of the unforgiving servant Jesus explains how forgiveness works in the kingdom of heaven. The king forgave his servant a large debt because he had compassion on his servant. This is God our Father forgiving our debt of rebellion and treason against Him and giving His Son Jesus to pay the debt that was owed. Sin costs and the debt will be paid. The decisions we will make is whether we will accept Jesus as our savior and substitute payment or if we will stand before God on our own merit and pay the debt ourselves.

In this parable the servant though he was forgiven a very large debt, he refused to forgive his fellow servant a small debt that was owed him. He had his fellow servant thrown into prison and God called this man a wicked servant. His failure to forgive only revealed his heart; he was of his father the devil and was delivered to the tormentors until he paid all that was due.

Matthew 18:32-35      Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” NKJV

 

Jesus said we must forgive from our hearts not just in word or pretense but with a true heart. We have heard people say I forgive them enough or love them enough to get to heaven this is self-deception. We have seen people go through the motions on the outside to give the appearance of forgiveness but their heart is full of hate. What a lie from hell, we must forgive and show the love that reflects the heart of our heavenly Father and that is total forgiveness.

This is a process we can apply that may allow us to address unresolved hurt, pain and un-forgiveness that just in the process of living life we go through. This is by no means a miracle cure, a quick fix, or a sure thing. It is a process that has helped some people to release old hurts. Some may or may not find it helpful but, it is food for thought.

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