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By Pastor Mike

I wanna talk about forgiveness. How we’re forgiven by JESUS, how we need to forgive others. When we repent and ask GOD for forgiveness, HE will forgive us. HE says HE will. When we don’t forgive someone for what they say or do, we suffer. Sometimes people might not even know they hurt you. It’s OK to let them know that they did hurt you. If you offend or hurt someone, you gotta ask for forgiveness.

Mat 18:21-22

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Peter probably thought that forgiving seven times was good enough. He was in for a big surprise. JESUS’ wants us to forgive 70 times greater than that.

Forgiving someone 490 times is a lot of forgiving. By the time you hit that number and you still feel something against that person, you really better check your heart because it could be hatred. If you have hate in your heart that’s like committing murder according to JESUS. I’m just saying.

Psalm 103:2-4

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

I’ve talked to people who think that GOD won’t forgive them for what they’ve done. Or that GOD hates them. I let them know that GOD is a forgiving and loving GOD. When we sin, HE wants to forgive us and help us get back on our feet.

Ephesians 1:6-7

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

1 John 1:8-9

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 6:14-15

 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It’s guaranteed in life that you will be hurt, let down, or in some other way be given the opportunity to forgive. Offenses must come. One of the great challenges in life is forgiving others. When you do, the burden will be lifted.

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Forgiveness

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By Pastor Jeff,

Forgiveness! It’s one of the most significant expressions of love that I can think of, Jesus over and over tells us the importance of it. In the Lords prayer He tells us in Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Then to further emphasis it he follows up in verses 14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” As we see here, it can be positive if you are willing to forgive, and negative if you chose not to forgive.

Joseph (Genesis 37-45) is a great example of someone who chose to forgive his brothers who should distain to him and even came to the point of almost killing him but sold him to slavery. Eventually Joseph had the opportunity to exact revenge on his brothers but instead showed grace. The story if Ahitophel  is the opposite, a one time friend and council to David, he became an enemy as result of David’s sin with Bathsheba whom was his granddaughter. We find him at the end of the story hung from tree after his betrayal was not heeded by Absalom (2Samuel 17:23).

Recently I had the opportunity to see the story of one Eva Moses Kor who had a twin sister named Miriam. These two sisters as well as the rest of their family were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944 where the entire family except for the twins were killed immediately. A doctor Josef Mengele “the angel of death” began experiments on Eva, Miriam and many other twins which had lasting affects on they bodies and may of contributed to Miriam’s’ death in 1993. Eva later was put into contact with another “Nazi” doctor who was at the camp, a Dr. Munch. She was soon confronted with the idea to write a letter of forgiveness to this doctor but was challenged to also to forgive Dr. Mengele. Eva decided that she would and then realized that she and she alone had any power to forgive, not the others who were at the camp, not any church, or any other organization. It was hers alone as we also have the same power to or not to forgive, it’s our power!

Ephesians 4:30-32, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Forgiveness is not always easy, but it is necessary, even if the person who is the recipient does not or cannot accept it we still need to forgive not once, not twice, but as Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:22, “seventy times seven”, really what Jesus was saying is there is no limit on our ability to forgive others except the limit we put on it.

Our greatest example is found in Jesus Christ, even after the beatings, mocking, and bing nailed to a wooden cross he declared in Luke 23:35, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” If we want to be Christ-like we need to be able to do the same!

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Forgive and Forget

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By Pastor Jeff

Forgiveness is one of the most important and the most difficult things for us Christians to accept and do. The word of God is filled with examples of the problems that occur when we do not forgive, remember Cain and Abel? how about Ahitophel and David? We also have the good examples of what happens when we do forgive one another such as Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers.

The most supreme example is Jesus when after being betrayed, beaten, sentenced to death, and nailed to the cross said this in Luke 23:34, “Then said, Jesus, Father, forgive them for they know what they do…”

When Jesus’ disciples came to Him one day asking Jesus to show them how to pray, Matthew 6:9-13,Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Jesus then says in verse 14 and 15, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

I need to forgiveness so I need to follow this example Jesus gave us; we christians all agree that forgiveness is very important. But I would like it to take it a step further and state that we should not only forgive but learn to forget!

How can that be you ask? God gave us plenty examples such as in Jeremiah when telling the Israelites of the “New Covenant” to come He says in verse 34, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” In Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” That’s pretty far isn’t it? But you say how does God do that? Well He chooses to and I believe just as forgiveness is a choice for us, to forget is also a choice we choose to make.

A line in Matthew West’s song “Forgiveness” says about forgiveness, “It clears the bitterness away, it can even set a prisoner free, There is no end to what it’s power can do, So, let is go and be amazed, By what you see through eyes of grace, The prisoner that it really frees is you” Unforgiveness can hold us back from being all we can be in Christ Jesus and if left unchecked can destroy our relationship with others and as well as with our Savior. Lets not only forgive but also forget as Jesus has done for us!

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