Posted by: Pure Glory | 04/21/2018

Forgiveness

by Hazel Straub

Forgiveness is an intentional and voluntary process where the victim lets go of  vengeance, grudges and bitterness along with other negative emotions. The offense is released so the victim no longer carries it or meditates on the offense.

God is merciful and when one turns from their sin back to God, shows a change of heart and comes through the blood of Jesus, they are forgiven. God, however, requires that we forgive others, so that we can receive forgiveness. If we are unwilling, to let offenses go and forgive, we will not receive it. Failing to forgive also affects one’s whole family.

Later Peter approached Jesus and said, “How many times do I have to forgive my fellow believer who keeps offending me? Seven times?”

Jesus answered, “Not seven times, Peter, but seventy times seven times!  The lessons of forgiveness in heaven’s kingdom realm can be illustrated like this:

“There once was a king who had servants who had borrowed money from the royal treasury. He decided to settle accounts with each of them. As he began the process, it came to his attention that one of his servants owed him one billion dollars. So he summoned the servant before him and said to him, ‘Pay me what you owe me.’ When his servant was unable to repay his debt, the king ordered that he be sold as a slave along with his wife and children and every possession they owned as payment toward his debt. The servant threw himself facedown at his master’s feet and begged for mercy. ‘Please be patient with me. Just give me more time and I will repay you all that I owe.’ Upon hearing his pleas, the king had compassion on his servant, and released him, and forgave his entire debt.

“No sooner had the servant left when he met one of his fellow servants, who owed him twenty thousand dollars He seized him by the throat and began to choke him, saying, ‘You’d better pay me right now everything you owe me!’ His fellow servant threw himself facedown at his feet and begged, ‘Please be patient with me. If you’ll just give me time, I will repay you all that is owed.’ But the one who had his debt forgiven stubbornly refused to forgive what was owed him. He had his fellow servant thrown into prison and demanded he remain there until he repaid the debt in full.

“When his associates saw what was going on, they were outraged and went to the king and told him the whole story. The king said to him, ‘You scoundrel! Is this the way you respond to my mercy? Because you begged me, I forgave you the massive debt that you owed me. Why didn’t you show the same mercy to your fellow servant that I showed to you?’ In a fury of anger, the king turned him over to the prison guards to be tortured until all his debt was repaid. In this same way, my heavenly Father will deal with any of you if you do not release forgiveness from your heart toward your fellow believer.” (Matthew 18:21-35 TPT)

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  1. Forgiveness is evidence that are true followers of Christ and his commandments to us.
    Forgiveness is being free from the told of bitterness.🙏

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    • Yes! When we set others free from our judgment, we get set free from bitterness and many things that torment us.

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      • True.
        🙏 Thank God for the grace of being able to forgive.

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  2. From the yoke of bitterness*
    Sorry auto correct.

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  3. Exactly the word I got this morning for my mother. It is so hard when she is critical about everything I do. Please pray for me!

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  4. A beautiful story, but also a stern reminder to all of us that our indebtedness to God is far greater than any of our fellow human beings could ever have to us! All the more reason to be ready to show forgiveness.

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    • Oh, so true!vWe cannot afford the luxury of not forgiving because the consequences are so great. We do not have any torment when we let our offenses go! God has forgiven us so much!

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  5. Great reminder!!

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  6. Well written! I think the best quote that I have ever heard concerning the lack of forgiveness is this: “not forgiving is like drinking poison and expecting your foe to die.” May we all be blessed with the heart to forgive, the mind to forget, and the soul to reap the blessings of love and mercy. Blessings!

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    • Yes, not forgiving hurts the one with it. Agree we all need the heart to forgive, it reaps wonderful blessings. Abundant blessings!

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  7. I agree not forgiving affects the whole family.

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    • Absolutely! The whole family was going to be sold as slaves. Bitterness affects all in the family with torment.

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  8. I’m thinking that in all my 62 years I have never held a grudge. I easy forgive because as your quote states…you then are free. Freedom is one thing I love most about my life, and have made it the purpose of my being.

    The lovely thing about forgiveness is it feels better. Not holding a grudge does as well.

    Frankly, I believe that people really know not what they do when they attempt to hurt you. What I mean by this is, I believe they don’t have a long-view of what it will mean well into the future for not only you, but for others, and themselves as well.

    So, it’s easy to forgive thoughtlessness. I may have slug a little mud along the way too. I hope people along my path have extended me the same kindness!

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    • Thank you, Sparkyjen, for commenting. Fprgiveness iw wo impo45qn5.

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  9. Thank you so much for allowing God to speak through you to let me know me know I am on the correct path and continue on it🙏💛

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