Bible Book Challenge (May 2008): FORGIVENESS

Please post any questions/comments/thoughts you have regarding FORGIVENESS!

The May reading schedule can be found at

http://www.christian-perspective.com/BibleBookChallenge.html

 

5 Responses to “Bible Book Challenge (May 2008): FORGIVENESS”

  1. 2 Chronicles 7 is interesting in how it displays the dichotomy of God’s forgiveness and judgement. Verse 14 states that “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” This shows God’s forgiveness and mercy to those who repent (turn away from sin). However, verses 19-20 state that if people turn from God, forsake His commandments and worship other gods, then He will cast them out of his sight.

    God is demonstrating that He’s willing and ready to forgive us when we ask forgiveness and repent , but also wants us to know that He will punish us if we turn from Him.

    Thank you God for your forgiveness by the blood of your Son Christ Jesus!!!

    God’s forgiveness and more will be futher demonstrated during later BBC readings.

    Blessings!

  2. Colossians 3:13 Bearing with one another; and forgiving one another; if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

    Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their transgresses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their transgresses, neither will your Father forgive your transgresses.

    Romans 12: 20-21 Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Ephesians 4: 31-32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another; just as God in Christ also forgave you.

    I know from personal experience that it is not so easy to forgive someone who repeatedly hurts you, but as Christians, we must forgive. A very wise person told me to pray to Father God for help and healing when you are mistreated by others, and confess to Him your forgiveness of that person. Even if you do not fully feel in such a forgiving mood, claim your forgiveness of the one who wronged you in Jesus’ name because this pleases God. Ask Him to help you grow to genuinely forgive and He will do just that!

    Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!!

  3. Forgiveness is allowing a person to repeatedly offend you. Although many do not know the main ingredient to forgiveness which can be found in Luke 17:3-4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, REBUKE him; and if he REPENT, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

    We MUST use this formula to give that person(s) a chance to not only correct the wrong but to be freed from his/her trespass that was against a believer in Christ. if not we could be subjected to abuse become a floor mat or not to be taken seriously. Ask God for the faith to handle every trespass that comes against you.

    In JESUS name.

  4. I’ve seen and read on how God forgives and how to forgive others, but I have a question…how do I forgive myself? I know that I’m forgiven by God, but I don’t think I’m worthy of his forgiveness, though I’ve asked and I don’t think I can forgive myself.
    Any help?

  5. John 8 speaks of a woman caught in the act of adultery. Verses 10-11 states ” When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her * Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?*

    She said, “No one Lord.” And Jesus said to her, * Neither do I condemn you ; go and sin no more.*

    Verse 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, ” I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

    When you walk in unforgiveness, you are walking in darkness whether the unforgiveness is towards yourself or others. As children of God, we are to represent the Light of Christ Jesus.

    Satan’s trick is to have you think of yourself as unworthy of Christ’s forgiveness. If you have truly repented and turned away from that sin, then God has forgiven you. Why would you waste time and energy in unforgiveness when Father God has not only forgiven you, but He has also cast that sin in the sea of forgetfulness? He no longer remembers the transgression, so why do you.

    Give no place to Satan. Rebuke those thoughts of condemnation, and claim your deliverance in the precious name of Jesus. Do not allow self-pity to overshadow your joy in the Lord.

    2 Cor 12:9 ” My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

    On our own, none of us are worthy of God’s forgiveness. It is because of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, with the shedding of His sinless
    blood, that we are made worthy of the grace of God.

    Christ Jesus has reconciled those of us who accept Him as Savior and Lord back into right- standing with Father God. Salvation is freely given but it did not come cheap. Christ Jesus paid our sin debts with His life.

    REJOICE IN THE LORD and BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD!! Your heavenly Father has forgiven you, now forgive yourself in Jesus’ name.

    AMEN!!!

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