Posted by: Pure Glory | 06/18/2017

Forgiveness-Sending Away The Offense

by Hazel Straub

Forgiveness, as defined in the Bible, means to send away the offense, from yourself and the one who offended you. By an act of the will, you release the offender, from the debt owed you and you do not bring it up again. God shows his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) He forgave us, when we were his enemies. Jesus was righteous and sinless and before he gave his last breath he said, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.  (Luke 23:34 a) This forgiveness and mercy made a way for us, to receive forgiveness, for our sins (missing the target).

To receive God’s forgiveness, we must release the offenses against us and the offender. Don’t confuse forgiveness with a feeling. It is a decision and act of the will, to let the offense go and allow God to heal the wounds, in your soul. The offense sent away can no longer plague you. Otherwise, you relive the wrongs done to you and exist in negativity, hurt and anger.

Jesus instructed us, to forgive (let it go), without counting how many times,you do it. If you do not forgive, you judge the other person and will find yourself repeating similar negative patterns, to what the offender has done. When you let the offense go and consider the debt paid, you will receive mercy and forgiveness, with your sins forgiven by God. Life will be much sweeter.

Be kind and tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ, forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 )

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  1. Forgiveness, I believe, is at the top of God’s list of what we are expected to do. I also believe “judgement” is the other side of this. What is strange is that I am able to forgive rather easily (I can’t think of anyone against whom I hold or would hold a grudge), I have often been judgmental. I’m working on that most seriously.

    • Yes, forgiveness is at the top of God’s list. We have to forgive so we can be forgiven. Judging others is a cousin to unforgiveness. We judge and that judgment is negative and we end up exhibiting the same negative traits that we had deplored in someone else. Not letting it go!

  2. Thank you for this wonderful post, Hazel 😊
    I love your blog … So encouraging and comforting 💟🌺

    • All glory goes to God! You are welcome, Jo’Anne! Thank you for your encouragement.

  3. I’ve been living with my mother the last three years. I find myself saying things that hurt her rather than edifying her. Please pray for me in this season! I need to forgive all the ways she pushed me out of her life. I need to be kinder!

    • Daddy God, holy is your name. May your kingdom come and your will be done in Fearlessinjesuschrist’s life. I decree your grace from heaven, over her today. As it is in heaven, so may it be in her life, today. I ask that you would saturate her and her mother in your love. Let every nano cell, in each of them, be drenched in your love, grace and mercy. Wash away all the hurt of the past with the precious blood of Jesus. I release the resurrection power of Jesus to heal all the wounds in both of their souls. May their souls prosper, so that they both would be in health (3 John 2). Thank you that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness. Light, shine and cast out all darkness, in the precious name of Jesus! Daddy God, thank you for a fresh new start today. I ask that they would be able to see each other through your eyes of love and release the offenses of the past. Give Fearlessinjesuschrist, a new vision of how precious and valuable she is! Thank you Yahweh, (God of her present) that you come before her on bended knee bearing gifts. Yahweh (God of her present), you sustain and fill her with your sustenance and friendship. Yahweh you place a hedge of protection around her. Yahweh, you delight in her and her heart is refreshed in your presence. You deliver her from all the plots and schemes of the enemy. Yahweh, you delight in her and her mother. Let your love and approval flood her heart. Speaking your Shalom, wholeness and completeness with nothing missing or broken over these two precious ladies. Hallelujah! New hope, joy and life, floods them in your wonderful presence. Thank you that nothing is impossible with you. We celebrate your wonderful love, Daddy God, in the presence of our enemies and triumph over them. You reign victorious. Thank you Daddy God for giving both of them your approval and love. So be it through the victory of Jesus over the enemy. Amen!

      • Oh my, how wonderful is that prayer! I will bring it back and read it often! Thank you, Jo Ann

      • Blessings, Jo Ann! God’s love is moving in your life! You are welcome! Hazel

  4. So true!

  5. God forgive me, I’m still real bad at this forgiveness thing. I have tried to put certain things out of my mind from the past but if you still come in contact with the offending person and they still keep abusing you all the other offense come right back to join it. I have spoken frankly with an offending person that I will forgive what they did to me in the past but refuse to allow any more abuse. I have learned to avoid that person as much as possible in my life.

    • Give it to God and don’t try to forgive on your own. Christ the Forgiver, lives inside of you. Ask him to help you, let the offenses go. We can do nothing in our own strength but he enables us, as we yield to him. You are not asked to place yourself in a place of continual abuse. Forgive the offense and let it go. You are victorious not a victim through Christ Jesus. Bless those who curse you and the enemy will not be able to bring you down or manipulate you. Our battle is not with flesh and blood but with the enemy of our souls that are operating in the offender. Declare blessings of love from a distance. The enemy doesn’t understand blessings or love and will retreat. You have power in your mouth to speak life and victory through Christ. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. You conquer through Christ and I decree victory in your life through Jesus, who gives victory. Let the healing balm of Jesus, heal your wounded soul. He loves you so much!

  6. I have never heard it put like this, to send it away from both you and your offender. Excellent visual. Great post!

    • Thank you! It is inspired by Holy Spirit.

  7. I am facing a situation with the man I love. I have easily forgiven other offenses but this time my heart is hard. I am angry and hurt. Feel like a fool. I need to forgive this but I want him to pay for what he did. I don’t like feeling this way. Please pray for me.

    • Fedora, thank you for leaving a comment. Let go of the offense and let God deal with it. Unforgiveness is a sin that harms the one harboring it. Father, holy is your name. I lift up Fedora to you. heal the wounds, in her soul. I speak the resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead, to all the wounds, in her soul. Soften her heart and fill her with your love in every nano cell of her body. Wrap your arms of love, around her, and let her know that love triumphs over judgment. I ask that you would give her your wisdom for this situation. May Fedora know what you want her to do. Protect and deliver her from evil. You surround and protect her. Father, use this situation to draw Fedora close and let her know you shelter, love and sustain her, during all storms in her life. I praise your name and give you all my worship. You care so much for Fedora and answer and hear our prayers. I bless your holy name. A Amen, so be it!

      • Thank you so much. I let go this morning and allowed the love to rule again. All is well I forgave all.

  8. Great lesson! Unbinding forgiveness from feeling can be difficult, but I agree it’s what we are called to do.

    • JJS, feelings and emotions constantly change. Obeying God, brings great rewards. We have to trust and believe that he loves us and his instructions are for our good not evil. Blessings!

  9. Can God forgive a person’s inability to forgive?

    • Ask the forgiver (Jesus who lives inside of you, to forgive for you). When we allow him his forgiveness to flow through us, we are changed. He does the forgiving and we follow his lead. Jesus on the cross forgave those who crucified him so they could come to know him. Matthew 6:14 says: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Faither will also forgive you.” When we choose not to forgive we open ourselves up to the tormenting spirits and have bitterness, sickness, restless nights etc. because of the offense we carry causes wounds that the enemy feeds on. Without forgiveness you have a tie to the one you can’t forgive and you relive it over and over. Forgive (let it go) and then you receive forgiveness. Love disarms.

      • What sense do you make of what Jesus was saying when He said, “if you forgive the sins of any they are forgiven them; and, if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”?

      • As an example for illustration, say someone had a knife to your throat. You said I forgive your sins. The sins are forgiven and the person will not cut your throat because the demons that were driving this one, have no sin from which to operate. Stephen the first Christian martyr, said, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin”, as he was stoned to death. As a result of not retaining this sin, later Saul who had the clothes of the ones stoning Stephen, had a supernatural experience of meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. Saul was a terrorist but because of this prayer of Stephen, became a Christian and wrote many epistles in the New Testament. His sin was not retained and he was able to receive salvation through Jesus, at a later time.

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