Forgiven and Forgiving

Matthew 6:15:  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Interesting verse.  Let’s cut to the chase.  To illustrate how vast our offenses are to God, compared with how petty we should view others’ offenses toward us, Allister Begg recites a short list:

— Ignorance of God

— Selfishness

— Laziness

— Lack of Scripture reading

— Hypocrisy

— Judgmentalism

— Foolishness

— Bitterness

— Pride

He reminds us of the unmerciful servant, whom we are when we smolder over some trivial offense.  “When I continually harbor enmity, bitterness, grudges…

— I disintegrate my life

— I jeopardize relationships with loved ones

— I lose enjoyment of God’s blessing

— I call into question whether I’ve ever discovered the true nature of God’s forgiveness at all.

“Give up those things.  Refuse to play the video.  Do not take those old pictures out and go through them all over again. ”

Moody: “Those who say they forgive but never forget — bury the hatchet, but leave the handle out for immediate use.”

Laura here:  If you were ever told, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” I hope you realized that includes a dose of your own medicine.  Bible.org reminds us that Jacob (a deceiver) was deceived, and Israel (idolaters) were in captivity of idolaters.  God brings us back “by means of therapeutic measures.  …legitimate shame and repulsiveness toward the sin.”

Back to Begg:

Forgiveness is a three-fold promise:

— 1) I forgive you and therefore I will not bring the matter up to you again.

— 2) I will not bring the matter up to someone else.

— 3) I will not bring the matter up to myself.

Begg’s recap:

— We are all God’s debtors on account of sin.

— None of us is able to repay the debt.

— By means of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, the debt has been paid for all who come to believe in Him.

— We in turn must forgive… in order that we might experience the assurance of forgiveness.

— It should not be too difficult for those who have been forgiven so much, to forgive.

— The unforgiving person [should consider that he is likely] destined for everlasting punishment [and repent!]

— Both the offended and the offender should take steps toward reconciliation.

Meditation:  Luke 6:37; Eph. 4:30-32; Gal. 6:7-8

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3 Responses to Forgiven and Forgiving

  1. Tamz says:

    Such an excellent recap!! Such a needed reminder!!

  2. Jamasina says:

    I find that I struggle in this area… When do I say something about being offended, and when do I let it go?

  3. elsiephoebe says:

    I know what you mean — it’s supernatural to let things go unmentioned! 🙂 Whether we speak on the issue, or do not, indeed we are a forgiving people.

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