It’s All About Forgiveness…

Nov. 16, 2016 – Tonight our Bible Study was all about forgiveness.  The verses we discussed were  Colossians 3:13; Matthew 18:21-22; Mark 11:25; Isaiah 43:25-26; Hebrews 10:17; Daniel 9:9; Psalms 103:12. Some popular beliefs are that it is okay to forgive but not forget or that some things we just cannot forgive.  The Bible is clear that we are to forgive others as God forgives us. If Jesus could say on the Cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do….” and this after the long, tortuous hours prior that included the time He spent praying that God let this cup pass from him, being betrayed by Judas who had been a friend and disciple, being accused and tormented by Herod and Pilate and the High Priests who sought death penalty, being denied by another friend and disciple Peter who was afraid to acknowledge Jesus that night, the beatings and lashings and crown of thorns thrust on His head; carrying His own cross in such a weakened state that he fell and needed assistance to stand and continue the walk with His cross up the Mount of Golgotha, and watching His mother’s pain and heartache as she stayed with Him to the End; and ultimately a cry to His Father asking if He had been forsaken in the moments before He whispered “It is done…”.  He experienced a lot of things that we would find unforgivable had it happened to us. Yet, He forgave and God has forgiven us all that and much more just for the asking.  Once forgiven, your sins are forgotten by God.  You have a brand new fresh slate. Each day we face sin in our own lives or that of others.  We are born sinners and it is in our nature.  If we falter and sin, all we must do is REPENT and turn from sin and God will FORGIVE again as many times as it takes. That, my friends, is what forgiveness truly means….forgiven, forgotten, fresh slate…

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