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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Faith and Forgiveness: Part VI – Conclusion

Being forgiven and being forgiving are central to our relationship with God and with others. Forgiveness from God is a possession granted by Him to those who believe on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ and restores our relationship with Him. When God grants us forgiveness He separates us from our sin and will no longer remember it. All believers are to be forgiving toward others in accordance with the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ. In so doing we demonstrate our relationship to God, maintain that relationship and insure a path for continued reconciliation.

To forgive someone we must sacrifice our pride and our lust for vengeance and may even be required to make a material sacrifice. We forgive when we decide to continually set aside any debt or punishment we believe is due as a result of the offense.

We are not forgiving simply because we no longer feel bad toward, or think evil against an offender. Our feelings concerning the offensive may take time and consideration to resolve but they are our responsibility and should not be left for someone else to deal with. If someone decides to forgive us we should not presume that their trust in us is restored. We should be willing to discuss our offense with them and help them where we can to resolve their hurt. All offenses are costly and we should strive to avoid them as much as possible.

All forgiveness, the power to forgive and the very act of forgiving can only be gained and accomplished through Jesus Christ.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Good conclusion.

3/15/2006 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Jayne said...

"He separates us from our sin and will no longer remember it."

Do you mean remember as in hold it against us, or know that we did it?

I don't think He ever forgets what we have done, but as long as we are truly sorry and strive to be better, I don't think it is held against us on judgment day.

BTW, I really enjoyed this "series" and hope you have more series to share. I have saved this for future reference, as I know I will need it! :)

3/15/2006 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Matthew thanks for your encouragement.

3/15/2006 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Welcome Jayne! I read on Corry's blog that you planned to visit and I'm always happy to welcome new-comers. I bet you were so excited thinking about the visit you couldn't sleep huh? (hehe)

Sis Adam and I have an ongoing similar discussion concerning what it means for God to no longer remember our sin. I've decided to do a follow up on that topic to try and fully relate my understanding on it. I'm humbled that you would think of saving these post. You are such a blessing to us. ;-)

3/15/2006 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger Seeker said...

Along with Matthew, I like the way you tied it up into a neat bundle.

May we look to Jesus for every grace.

3/15/2006 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Karen thanks for the kind words and for always being such a great sister. ;-)

3/15/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Jayne said...

You may be a victim of identity blog theft. That Corry blog looks a little suspicious. :)

3/15/2006 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jayne said...

Hey!! Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm looking forward to your posts on that. Until then, I'll attempt to contain my excitement!

Have a great evening.

3/15/2006 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty Cheng said...

Amen! I'm inspired by your conclusion. Thank you Kc.

3/15/2006 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

We forgive when we decide to continually set aside any debt or punishment we believe is due as a result of the offense.

This is one of the best definitions of forgiveness that I have seen. I really enjoyed this series.

3/15/2006 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Jayne I've notified the authorities and contacted Blogger and cancelled the account (hehe).

Kitty I really appreciate you and I'll consider that inspiration a small downpayment on a huge payback. ;-)

Gorden thanks so much and I'm really encouraged by your comment. May God bless you brother. ;-)

3/16/2006 06:45:00 AM  

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