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Friday, January 9, 2009

Forgiveness

I want to discuss a vital doctrine from the Word of God today. Without this doctrine there could be no redemption. No atonement. No salvation. The doctrine of forgiveness. “Father, Forgive Them.”

Forgiveness is a mighty word. It has the power to spare the life of a convicted death row killer. It has the power to remove one's debt to another. It has the power to free one from any obligation or responsibility.

For the Father to enact the request of the Son, “Father, forgive them”, lies in the decision of the Father alone, but for man to be the benefactor of this forgiveness we must also forgive those whom have sinned against us.

Luke 6:14&15, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses. your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye, forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses." We must forgive to be forgiven. This is more than being willing to forgive. Being willing to forgive doesn’t forgive. Willingness only relys on being forgiven first.

2 comments:

Bill Sturm said...

Hmm. Thank you. I was thinking about this verse last evening. I could be so wrong, but I was wondering if Ephesians 4:32 was referring to a particular time such as this one on Calvary or if it was describing each person's salvation experience?

Love you, Brother!

ky preacher said...

How true! I am dealing with a man right now who has not yet come to the point of forgiveness. Please pray with me about this situation. His name is Steve.