4 February 2024
Forgiveness – Part 1
Forgiveness or lack of forgiveness is having major impact in every person’s life. We can take that a step further and say it is having a major impact on those who have passed on to eternity as well. In this series we are going to look at God’s position on forgiveness concerning all of humanity and the evil that we have and do commit. In addition, I want to look at the importance of receiving and giving forgiveness.
“I thought I could have leaped from earth to heaven at one spring when I first saw my sins drowned in the Redeemer’s blood.” – Charles Spurgeon
Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald Reagan said that her dad made a lasting impression on her the day after the assassination attempt of 1982. She says, “The following day my father (Ronald Reagan) said he knew his physical healing was directly dependent on his ability to forgive John Hinckley. By showing me that forgiveness is the key to everything, including physical health and healing, he gave me an example of Christ-like thinking.”
– The Quote Letter, December 1996
The Scriptures in Matt 24:12 share this truth with us, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” NKJV. Forgiveness is key to the love of God burning hot in our lives. Walking in forgiveness is key to walking in victory. We invite you to be with us.
Forgiveness – Part 1 – In our first message in this series we begin by giving definition to what forgiveness is according to Bible. Forgiveness as defined in the Old Testament is the act of excusing a mistake or offense and according to the New Testament is caries the idea of being released from prison. Forgiveness is a pardoning or release from guilt. Colossians 3:13 is a passage of Scripture that gives a good framework for the direction of this series, it reads, “bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so also you must do.” Christ has forgiven us completely and we are to forgive others the way He has forgiven us.