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Forgive and Be Forgiven

Forgiveness must be at the top of your list of things to do. At the top, #1. Here’s why I say that: God cannot, He will not forgive you your sins if you don’t forgive others their sins.

“if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” – Matthew 6:14-15.

“And when you stand praying, you hold anything against anyone, forgive him (her), so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” – Mark 11:25.

I’m sure none of you are foolish enough to think that you don’t sin. If you are you’re making God out to be a liar, not a smart thing to do. You won’t get away with it, at least not for long. God does not play games like hide and go seek.

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom me must give account” –Hebrews 4:13.

It is foolish to try to conceal your sins: “those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but whoever CONFESSES them and renounces them finds mercy” – Proverbs 28:13.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we CONFESS our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives” –       1 John 1:8-10.

Sin is the blatant act of doing those things God’s word says not to do, or not do the things God’s word says we need to do. Sin is always a choice, you choose to do it, or not do it. Don’t make excuses for it, don’t blame anyone else, you choose to sin. Take ownership of it and be quick to confess it and receive God’s forgiveness.

I’ve been a serious student of the Bible for over 35 years. I’ve read every book in the Bible a number of times. God’s forgiveness has always amazed me: He is so quick to forgive and relent of the punishment He was going to pour out on people.

Because God is quick to forgive, He expects that from us!

We are living in the age of grace. This means the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ provides forgiveness for anyone who will accept His Atoning Sacrifice. You can’t earn God’s forgiveness: “For God so loved the world (mankind, His creation) that He gave His one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16.

The price for the forgiveness of our sins has been paid: The Blood of God’s One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. Nothing you could ever do can earn God’s forgiveness. It’s a gift to be received and cherished.

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” –
1 John 2:1-2.

God expects us to forgive as He forgave us. We are told: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” – Ephesians 4:32.

Now we know that God expects us to forgive others or He will not forgive us our sins. We also now know that we cannot say that we don’t sin. So we need our sins forgiven. If we try to conceal our sins, impossible to do, they will work against us. We also now know God has provided His Atoning Sacrifice for you sins, Jesus Christ the Righteous One.

Knowing all of that, you also need to know that everyone needs to be born again. Yes, you are literally born again. You trade in the spiritually dead spirit you were born with for an new one that is spiritually alive. You can’t do this on your own, God provides the way.

You allow your heart to be opened by the Holy Spirit who shows you that you are a sinner, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins. It becomes so real to you that you pray a prayer something like this: “Jesus Christ I believe you are the Son of God and that you died on the cross for the forgiveness of My sins. I admit that I’m a sinner and I need you to forgive my sins. I want you to come into my life, I want to be born again. Jesus show me how real you are, and please baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me.”

When you pray that prayer you receive a new spirit, your spiritual eyes of your heart will be opened. God lavished His love and grace upon your life and seals you with His seal of ownership. You are now his child forever. The redemption process has begun in your life. We will not discuss that on this page.

When you accept the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ your sins are washed away, they do not exist anymore. Your sins won’t be mentioned in heaven.

Let me tell you about a man I once knew. We worked together. He was a budding artist so we enjoyed conversation together. We were working the second shift – 3 to 11pm. There were three of us standing together and the conversation turned to forgiveness.

What I just shared with you, I shared with them. And when I got to the part about a person who is born again his or her sins will not be mentioned in heaven.

The man got upset, that surprised me. In an agitated tone He said, “Are you telling me that when a person is born again he will not have to pay for his sins in heaven.” He was irritated, but I didn’t know why.

Respectfully I replied, that’s right. If the person is born again his sins have been forgive and washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ.

He almost shouted, “Let me tell you about my no good xbrother in law.” And he told his story. His brother in law used to beat his sister so bad that she had to go the hospital, but when she got out he’d talk her into coming back with him, that happen three or four times. He said the family tried to get the man put in jail but couldn’t get the authorities to do anything. Finally, the man beat his sister, stabbed her to death. Finally they sent him to prison. But after two years he said his xbrother in law said he got born gain, and the authorities saw enough changes in his life that they let him out.

After saying all of that, the man almost shouted, “Now are you telling me that because he says he is born again that the killing of my sister will not be mentioned in heaven? That man will not be punished for killing my sister?”

His anguish was evident, he wanted that man punished for killing his sister. I could feel his torment, but I had to speak the truth because he was faced with making the decision to be forgiven of his sins. 

I answered him: “If your brother in law truly is born again that sin of killing your sister will not be mentioned in heaven.  That sin was washed away by blood of Jesus Christ never to be remembered.”

He blew up and began to shout, “No way can I accept a God like that who forgives sins instead of punishing people.” He kept shouting that as he walked away.

That other man standing there said, “He’s walking away from the very thing he needs: God’s forgiveness.” I said, “Your right. are your sins forgiven?” He answered, “I’m not sure.” I said lets prayer together and get them washed away by the Blood of Jesus. We prayed together.

That other man is so full of bitterness and resentment towards his xbrother in law that is kept him from accepting the forgiveness of God for his life. We all need to be cleansed or our sins and only the Blood of Jesus Christ  can wash them away.

And now you know why I said at the beginning of this article: Forgiveness must be at the top of your list of things to do. God cannot, He will not forgive you your sins if you don’t forgive others their sins.

Over the years I've had people ask me, "What do you do with the fellings?" I always answered, "Forgiveness has nothing to do with feelings, it's a decision you must make. Are you going to obey God and be free from you bitterness or not?"

An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness yet, but you would like to experience the New Life He promises, simply pray this prayer: “Jesus Christ, I choose to believe you are the Son of God and God’s only sacrifice for the forgiveness of my sins. I admit it, I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins, and I ask you to come into my life, I want to be born again. Save me Jesus. I don't understand it, but please save me Jesus. Please show me how real you are! Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit; I want everything you have for me. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re a skeptic you can pray a prayer like this: “God, if this is true about Jesus Christ and a new life, please help me understand so that I can accept your gift of eternal life that you purchased for me by the sacrifice of Your Son.

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