Forgiveness is not an option!

Posted: July 7, 2011 in Harvest Military

I want to touch on this for a moment, as I feel the Lord has put it on my heart this afternoon to share.
I was listening to the Bible while I trimmed my beard, and I heard a parable Jesus was telling

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

I once read a book on forgiveness called the bait of Satan by John Bevere. The whole book was about not forgiving people. One of the stories was about a man who was running from the call of God on his life. This man had a heart attack and died. While waiting at the Lords gates, about to be cast into Hell, the man asked for a second chance, and said that if Jesus would send him back to his body he would serve Him the rest of his days. Jesus agreed, but first showed him his mother in law in Hell. He asked why was she there because she had gone to church her whole life, and Jesus said because she refused to forgive her relative, even though He had given her many chances.

Here is a parable Jesus talked about when it comes down to how much He has forgiven us and how often times we do not forgive others.

Matthew 18:21-35
Jesus, “the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.”
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

So here are two examples that we cannot ignore. We have to forgive; this is not an option.

  1. ssbjohnson says:

    Who am I to tell Christ, that even though he gave his life up for my sins and wipes my slate clean with forgiveness, but yet someone who sins against me I can not forgive? We as Christians are required to Forgive as Christ forgave us, No exceptions. There is no sin that is forgivable to man. I feel as Christians, we should forgive someone who has wronged us whether they are sorry or not. It doesn’t mean that we have to be friends or even have a relationship with that person, But we are told to forgive.

    Great Job on the lesson last we Dan I really enjoyed it!

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