Do You Hold Forgiveness in High Esteem in Your Life?
Believers are Called to Forgive as They Have Been Forgiven
by Veritas Vita 777
Forgiveness is a beautiful thing. Billy Graham said, “In these days of guilt complexes, perhaps the most glorious word in the English language is ‘forgiveness.’”
God loves the world so much that He sent His Son, Jesus to die for everyone (See: John 3:16). If you accept Jesus as Lord and ask Him to forgive you for your sins, then you have new life in Christ. In Ephesians 4:25-32, Paul writes to the believers about not grieving the Holy Spirit.
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Eph. 4:25-32, NKJV)
This passage from Ephesians shares various things that grieve the Holy Spirit. Lying, acting out in anger, giving place to the devil, stealing, and speaking corruptly are things that grieve the Holy Spirit. If you want to live as God calls you to live in holiness, you need to refrain from doing those things.
This is not a message to guilt anyone. I’m human just like you. I falter many times. However, in Jesus, you and I were justified through faith and the gift of grace through His death on the cross – and you and I are sanctified through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives each day.
All of those things that grieve the Holy Spirit are important to discuss. However, for this article, I want to focus on forgiveness.
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:9-15, NKJV)
The Lord’s prayer found in Matthew 6:9-15 is very well-known. Many people recite it. Regarding the topic of forgiveness, you can see in verse 12, that you should pray for God to forgive you – and you should forgive others. Forgiveness is so important to God. It enables you to continue to grow in your relationship with Him and not stay stagnant in bitterness toward others.
Notice how in verses 14-15, Jesus said that when you forgive others, God will forgive you. If you don’t forgive others, He won’t forgive you. That’s not something that you should ignore.
Yes, I know it’s difficult to forgive some people, especially when they’ve hurt you very badly. I’ve had to forgive people who didn’t ask me for forgiveness. Yet, if I waited for them to ask for forgiveness, I’d probably still be waiting. I forgave those people. But that doesn’t mean they’re still in my life. Though, if I didn’t forgive them, I’d still be held prisoner to what they’d done to me – and I would have something negative in my spirit holding me back from a deeper communion with God.
Do you hold forgiveness in high esteem in your life?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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