Monday, 7 November 2011

A Look at Forgiveness

It would be more than naïve to think that a marriage which is comprised of the union of two sinners of different genders, with different heredity and environmental backgrounds, and different personalities and different experiences could come together for a lifetime without conflict. The ability to ask for forgiveness and grant forgiveness may be among the most important skills that a couple can master. The Bible has much to say about what forgiveness is, what it is not and why it is so essential personally and relationally.

Key Verses, Passages and Parables:
1. Mark 11:25 says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

2. Luke 6:37 says “forgive and you will be forgiven.”

3. The Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:12;14-15 says, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors...For 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.”

4. Matthew 18: 22 states that there is no limit to the times we must forgive

5. The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:22-35)

6. Ephesians 4:32, "Forgive each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."

The message is clear; we must be willing to forgive others much because we have been forgiven much. If we harbor a grudge it will eventually affect us emotionally and/or physically.

There is no call of Christ more difficult than the call to forgive others as he has forgiven us. The apostle Paul penned:

Dead Sea
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Eph.4:32
Unforgiveness is cancer of the soul. When we who are Christians refuse to forgive one another we are like the Dead Sea, i.e. forgiveness flows in but it never goes out.

The only way out of pain, bitterness and resentment is through the door of forgiveness. Ephesians 4:29-31.

29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

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