Monday, December 31, 2018

During Jesus personal ministry prior to 30 A.D., he told his disciples to pray by stating,

Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.  Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, he will not forgive you(Matthew 6:12-15).

On July 10, 2012 Matthew West introduce the following song titled “Forgiveness” which contained these lyrics.

It’s the hardest thing to give away

And the last thing on your mind today

It always goes to those who don’t deserve

It’s the opposite of how you feel

When the pain they caused is just too real

Takes everything you have just to say the word…

 

Forgiveness, Forgiveness.

 

It flies in the face of all your pride

It moves away the mad inside

It’s always angers own worst enemy

Even when the jury and the judge

Say you gotta right to hold a grudge

It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’

 

Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Forgiveness.

 

Show me how to love the unlovable

Show me how to reach the unreachable

Help me now to do the impossible

 

Forgiveness, Forgiveness.

Help me now to do the impossible,

Forgiveness

 

It’ll clear the bitterness away

It can even set a prisoner free

There is no end to what its power can do

So, let it go and be amazed

By what you see through eyes of grace

The prisoner that it really frees is you

 

Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Forgiveness.

Show me how to love the unlovable

Show me how to reach the unreachable

Help me now to do the impossible

Forgiveness

 

I want finally to set it free

So, show me how to see what Your mercy sees

Help me now to give what You gave to me

Forgiveness, Forgiveness.

Forgiveness!  Forgiveness is something most folks seek consciously or unconsciously all their lives.  For some it is hard to receive.  Yet, it is a subject that is also difficult to impart.  Simply put, we want to be forgiven, but we don’t want to forgive.  We are hurt when others will not forgive us, but we are too hurt by what others have done to forgive them.  Yet Jesus placed a stipulation before forgiveness will be granted by God to us (Matthew 6:14,15).  You must forgive to be forgiven!  Too often we feel the offense we have suffered is too great for our offender to be forgiven.  We feel that the offender does not deserve it.  Yet, each of us is guilty, by our sins, for the cruel death of God’s Son.  Gentiles blamed Jews for Jesus’ crucifixion, but forget that they climaxed the deed.  Paul announced that “all have sinned,” not just Jews but also Gentiles (Romans 3:10, 23).  He is willing to put away his hurt and humiliation if we will do the same.  Do you feel what others have done to you is greater than what you and I have done to Him?  I hope not.  God wants to forgive you.

But God, following his prearranged plan, let you use the Roman government to nail him to the cross and murder him. . . Therefore, I clearly state to everyone in Israel that God has made this Jesus you crucified to be the Lord, the Messiah!  These words of Peter’s moved them deeply, and they said to him and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’   And Peter replied, ‘Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit.  For Christ promised him to each one of you who has been called by the Lord our God, and to your children and even to those in distant lands!’  Then Peter preached a long sermon, telling about Jesus and strongly urging all his listeners to save themselves from the evils of their nation.  And those who believed Peter were baptized—about three thousand in all!”  (Acts 2:23, 36-41).

 

Are you a FORGIVER?  If not, how can you be forgiven?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Lu5udXEZI  Matthew West singing “Forgivness.”