Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

The Power of Forgiveness

 "THEN PETER CAME TO HIM AND ASKED, 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."
                         ( MATTHEW 18:21-22 *NKJV ) Peter asked this question because the Rabbis' taught that one
   should only forgive another three times.  That was based on what
   was written in the Book of AMOS, Verses 1:3,6,9,11,13 & 2:1,4,6.

       Now Peter was being generous when asking Jesus about
   seven times, however Our Savior answered seventy times seven,
   meaning that we should not even keep track of how many times
   we forgive others.

       Further Our Savior taught us that we must forgive others if we
   are to receive forgiveness from God!  For Jesus also stated "IF
   YOU FORGIVE MEN WHEN THEY SIN AGAINST YOU, YOUR
   HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU.  IF YOU
   DO NOT FORGIVE MEN THEIR SINS, YOUR HEAVENLY
   FATHER WILL NOT FORGIVE YOUR SINS."
   ( MATTHEW 6:14-15 )

       After all we are not to avenge or try to repay others for what
   they have done.   FOR WE KNOW HIM WHO SAID, "IT IS MINE
   TO AVENGE; I WILL REPAY," AND AGAIN THE LORD WILL
   JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.                       ( HEBREWS 10:30 )

       Therefore; BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AND FORGIVE WHAT
   EVER GRIEVANCES YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST ONE
   ANOTHER.  FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU."
   Amen.                                                     ( COLOSSIANS 3:13 )

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