The Lord has been speaking to my heart recently on the power of
and how we need to be forgiving of others just as God is forgiving
us. There are many people in the world who hold bitter feelings
someone who was wronged them and I hope this message on
help those that need to forgive, and also show the blessings that
forgiving and being forgiven.
An unforgiving heart is just like cancer that eats away at a
When we become so embittered that we refuse to forgive someone
hurt our feelings or done something wrong against us, it not only
our mind and heart, but many times people are affected in their
body. Jesus ministered many times on how we should be forgiving
others because He knows of the poisons that come with an
St. Peter wanted to know about forgiveness and one day he came to
asked Him this question, "How many times should I forgive my
has sinned against me; seven times?" Jesus answered him and said,
forgive seven times, but forgive seventy times seven (490 times)."
Jesus answered Peter's question on forgiving, He told a great
forgiveness and it should be a story that is told more often. I
like for you to read the story in it's entirety as it is written
New Living Translation.
Matthew 18:23-35 (The numbers in the text refers to the Bible
Jesus tells, 23 For this reason, the Kingdom of Heaven can be
a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants
borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was
in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn't pay, so the
ordered that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be
pay the debt. 26 But the man fell down before the king and begged
sir, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.' 27 Then the king
filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his
28 "But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant
him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and
instant payment. 29 His fellow servant fell down before him and
a little more time. 'Be patient and I will pay it,' he pleaded. 30
creditor wouldn't wait. He had the man arrested and jailed until
could be paid in full.
31 "When some of the other servants saw this, they were very
went to the king and told him what had happened. 32 Then the king
in the man he had forgiven and said, 'You evil servant! I forgave
tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn't you have
on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?' 34 Then the
king sent the man to prison until he had paid every penny.
35 "That's what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to
your brothers and sisters in your heart.
We have all fallen short at one time or another and sinned against
but when we came to Him and asked God to forgive us; the Bible
says He has
washed us clean and made us whiter than freshly fallen snow. As
God is concerned our sin never happened because He forgives and
and that is exactly how we should be. Just as the Lord forgave us
huge debt that we could never pay, we should be forgiving towards
who has hurt our feelings or done something wrong against us.
(Isaiah 1:18) (Isaiah 43:25)
Jesus never taught, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth",
He taught "When someone strikes you on the left cheek, offer the
also". He wants us to be forgiving and loving towards those who
and not render evil for evil, but instead render good for evil;
light may shine and the Love of God show through your life.
(Matthew 5:38-40) (Matthew 5:16)
I encourage you to be like Christ and forgive others if they have
something wrong against you. When Jesus was on the cross being
by the Roman soldiers for the sins of the world, He prayed on the
and said "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." If
had reason to hold a grudge it would have been Jesus, but as our
He said, "Father forgive them". (Luke 23:34)
Let us have that same love towards others and instead of breaking
friendships, let's forgive and forget and continue to show the
love of God
every chance that we have.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 5:43-45 Jesus says,
heard that it hath been said, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto
your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He
sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the
on the unjust."
1 Thessalonians 5:15 "See that none render evil for evil unto any
ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all
Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says,
"For if ye
forgive men their trespasses, your
heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Romans 12:17-21 "Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide
in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in
peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but
give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I
saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he
give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry