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Why should we forgive others?

Why should we forgive others?

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True love is forgiving: God loves me so He forgives me for missing His goal (aka sin) for my life. Jesus paid the penalty for me. Colossians 1:14 says that in God’s beloved Son “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Now that is huge news. It deserves a “news alert”.

The Amplified Bible translates the last phrase like this: “the forgiveness of our sins and the cancellation of sins’ penalty.”

Since we have been forgiven, what should our attitude be?

The Jesus Manifesto (Matthew 5-7) continues with Jesus teaching us how to pray.

I must learn how to forgive. How I act gets reflected in how I pray. Jesus is clear with me on this.

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” | Matthew 6:9-13 (Christian Standard Bible).

What is the importance of forgiveness? What does Jesus say about it?

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Jesus is all about forgiveness. That is the reason God sent him to us. We need forgiveness and the good news is that we have received it.

Jesus calls us to forgive. That is clear.

Forgiveness is also an essential part of the life of believers. Ephesians 4:32 commands,

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in the Messiah God forgave you.

Why should we forgive others?

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Jesus continues the Manifesto. Jesus is teaching us how to pray. After the model prayer, Jesus emphasizes the importance of forgiveness. It starts with me. I must forgive. I must show mercy.

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

What is forgiveness? Is it foretold in Jesus ministry?

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We need forgiveness. We have missed God’s goal for our lives (aka sin). We are guilty. God forgives us. Now that is amazing news.

Forgiveness in the Bible is a “release” or a “dismissal” of something. The forgiveness we have in the Messiah involves the release of sinners like us from God’s just penalty and the complete dismissal of all charges against us.

What is forgiveness? Is true love forgiving?

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We miss God’s goal (aka sin). There is a penalty for that. Unless … we are forgiven.

So there is great news! Forgiveness in the Bible is a “release” or a “dismissal” of something. The forgiveness we have in the Messiah involves the release from God’s just penalty and the complete dismissal of all charges against us.

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in the Messiah Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

Could Jesus, Paul and James all be wrong?

This theme seems very clear. There isn’t too much to be added here. 8 very specific references citing Jesus, Paul and James.

Should I be the judge? The early disciples of Jesus clearly understood what Jesus expected of them. This is important.

What does Jesus know about forgiveness?

Forgiveness Luke 23Jesus’ mission from God our Father was to bring forgiveness to the world. On the cross, Jesus accomplished the mission. Hanging on the cross, he was mocked by the religious leaders and the Roman soldiers.

They gambled to see who would get his clothes. His Holy attitude was they didn’t know what they were doing by killing him.

And they didn’t. And neither do we most days. Our missing God’s goal (aka sin) for our life put Him on that cross.

Jesus is all about forgiveness. He knows love like no other. God is in a good mood.

“Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” ~~Jesus on the cross Luke 23:34 | (The Message Bible)

Forgiveness in the Bible is a “release” or a “dismissal” of something. The forgiveness I have in the Messiah involves the release of sinners like me from God’s just penalty and the complete dismissal of all charges against me.

  • Consider this from the Apostle Paul. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in the Messiah Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in the Messiah Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1).
  • Colossians 1:14 says that in God’s beloved Son “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” The Amplified Bible translates the last phrase like this: “the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty].”
  • God’s gracious forgiveness of our sin is to be the measure of our gracious forgiveness of others.

Jesus the Messiah’s ministry of forgiveness was foretold. God has a plan. God executes it in His son Jesus. Jesus paid the penalty for me. Amazing!

  • But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Master appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” | Matthew 1:20–21
  • Now here is some good news!  The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! | John 1:29

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Married Couples & Parents See Fewer Barriers to Forgiving Others

For people of faith, an understanding of mercy is foundational to our understanding of the good news of Jesus and should permeate our daily lives — starting within our families and most intimate relationships.

Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God at the Christian Training Center. http://ow.ly/l5SU30oS5pQ

The external influences and internal dynamics of our households can complicate this effort. Moderating screen time, fighting for that ever-elusive work-life balancenavigating relationships in a fraught political climatediscussing faith in an increasingly secularized society, cultivating generosity in an age of compassion fatigue—these are just some of the factors that, as multiple Barna Group studies attest, influence the atmospheres and values of our homes. Technology alone, parents tell us, has made it harder than ever to raise children.

So how are families doing in cultivating merciful mindsets? A new Barna project produced in partnership with The Reimagine GroupThe Mercy Journey, examines the role of forgiveness and mercy in the lives of Christian adults in the U.S. The data suggest family relationships may heighten or shape forgiving attitudes in significant ways.

Read more here:

Married Couples & Parents See Fewer Barriers to Forgiving Others – Barna Group

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Forgiveness (7/7)

Forgiveness (7:7)

In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons shares humorous, as well as serious, stories and practical steps on forgiveness – how to walk in it and how it impacts our lives positively.

Forgiveness (6/7)

Forgiveness (6:7)

In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons shares humorous, as well as serious, stories and practical steps on forgiveness – how to walk in it and how it impacts our lives positively.

Forgiveness (5/7)

Forgiveness (5:7)

In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons shares humorous, as well as serious, stories and practical steps on forgiveness – how to walk in it and how it impacts our lives positively.

Forgiveness (4/7)

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In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons shares humorous, as well as serious, stories and practical steps on forgiveness – how to walk in it and how it impacts our lives positively.

Forgiveness (3/7)

Forgiveness (3:7)

In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons shares humorous, as well as serious, stories and practical steps on forgiveness – how to walk in it and how it impacts our lives positively.

Forgiveness (2/7)

Forgiveness (2:7)

In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons shares humorous, as well as serious, stories and practical steps on forgiveness – how to walk in it and how it impacts our lives positively.

Forgiveness (1/7)

Forgiveness (1:7)

In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons shares humorous, as well as serious, stories and practical steps on forgiveness – how to walk in it and how it impacts our lives positively.