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Forgiving Others

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if do not forgive men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15

Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, "Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, "Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, "You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him."So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses." Matthew 18:21-35

One of the most destructive forces in peoples lives today is unforgiveness toward another. It destroys relationships and destroys the bodies and minds of those who hold on to it. The root unforgiveness is pride and many would rather risk eternal separation from God than forgive those who have offended them. Eternal separation from God you would say? Why would a good God who is full of love and compassion send me to hell because I won’’t forgive my second grade teacher who blamed me for something I didn’t do or a family member who offended me one time? God does not want to send anyone to hell. Yes He is a loving God, but He is also righteous. When Jesus died on the cross for you, He took all of humanities sin upon Him, past, present, and future. Before you asked Him for forgiveness, the debt of sin you owed was more than you could pay. You were destined for hell. When you asked for forgiveness He forgave you that debt and gave you a new start. 

If you do not forgive another like in the parable in Matthew 18 you are putting your self in serious danger. No amount of wrong that anyone has done to you could amount to what Christ forgave you. He showed you much mercy and because of that you are to show mercy to others.

But what if they do not forgive me? Pray for that person. Do all you can to reconcile. If you do your part you will be guiltless. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7


Comments on: "Forgiving Others" (18)

  1. Thanks for your earlier warning on my blog, Gerry. You were quite right, and I\’ve deleted the entry – I\’ll be on the lookout from now on. I\’d seen similar things on other Christian blogs, and knew they\’d find me too eventually. I appreciate your concern, and will be more careful. A good entry on forgiveness… seeing the lack of forgiveness in the world today is so sad. It\’s a definite issue that should be addressed more often. Until next time, take care and God bless!

  2. Thanks

  3. Phil - personal acct said:

    Thanks for the warning on the comment from Rob. I had one other comment I received that I had had to delete previously because it linked to some "Men\’s site".Be Blessed my brother.Phil

  4. Thanks Gerry and you know what for! Any ways Forgiveness is so totally life destroying, Ive seen the effects in my parents life, my own mother…….. whom never forgave my dad over 20 years now , and the effects of it are totally devistating, they are as followsphisically destroying, mentally, emotionally stunted, and straight ugly bitternessI am heading home to live where I grew up after being away for 14 years and all my family is there of which , with my mom I will have a second chance,(yet I know my purpose in Christ) for the whole reason of going back, I will reap where I have not sown and I will enter into others labors, please keep me in prayer as a prophet is not accepted in his own town. God Bless you Your Sister Contending For The Faith Joanne

  5. KingdomTalk said:

    Yes please, you are free to place the link to KingdomTalk from yours. God bless you richly.

  6. Thanks for warned me about Rob , i delated his comments included his trackback, as i forgave him for hurt the roles of us all and God takes care of him…take care, bro.love in christ,Lisa

  7. Teresa Dawn said:

    Thank you very much Jerry for the comment you left me concerning Rob. I will be praying for him.

  8. Beneath The Liberty said:

    Word. cool entry, ran accross your blog in the updated spaces for the second time. I play in my youth and band and it\’s cool seeing a really different blog that shows what really matters in life. Keep up the good work

  9. I so needed to read that. Thank You for posting it.Raw

  10. cudos Gerry! I totally agree. There is such a lack of forgiveness! cheers :)Em

  11. يμήϊ said:

    You\’re right. That\’s why I keep coming back here. Even if we\’ve had our disagreements, I keep coming back because you say many an interesting (and true, might I add) thing.

  12. Hey,I\’m from Winnipeg. Some how I came across this. I read all of your posts, they were so good to read. The one that hit me the most what "Hidden sin". I\’ve been struggleing with hidden sin for so long. I go to something called, "The Link" it\’s for young adults. Yesterday I asked someone to pray for me and it was the first time I ever told someone about somthing I struggled with. I kept it hiding for years…I did a lot of crying, for the years that I haven\’t cried. God took a huge weight of my shoulders. And reading "hidden sin" helped me out a lot. Helped me believe that I did the right thing, telling someone about my struggel and geting prayer for it.Thanks you!

  13. Leilani said:

    This is a wonderful site. Thank you for posting inspirational words. It\’s not always easy to see the strongholds without being reminded. God bless you and keep you.

  14. Phil - personal acct said:

    Hi Gerry,This is so true. And sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. http://www.marketplaceleaders.org/articles_view.asp?articleid=4947&columnid=744Keep up your great ministry and believing in the God of "I can" do anything through Christ that strengthens me.Phil

  15. Moonunit said:

    i really enjoy reading your posts, and, just, keep posting! i dont know what else to say, but yuour right, we need to frogive others. it\’s BEYOND essential to our survival.

  16. Thanks Gerry for stopping by my site and for your comments. I really appreciate them and you for taking the time to write to me. This was an awesome post. I just posted on forgiveness before reading this, and am finding it hard to completely let go of the anger. I don\’t want to hate people. And I realize that maybe God is bringing be through this at a slower pace for a future purpose. Once again thanks, ang God bless you.

  17. Unknown said:

    I was just wondering what religion you were, that way i know if it is okay for me to read ur blog.

  18. I am a Christian a follower of Christ. I hate denominational names. They divide more than build up.You are welcome to read anything you want.

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