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The Power of Forgiveness
Pastor Emanuel Williams
Forgiveness is an act of favor, compassion or love that can free a person from guilt and its consequences with the aim of restoring a broken personal relationship between two opposing parties.
Bible Verse: Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:12, 14-15
Forgiveness is the key to reconciliation between God and His creation and between members of God’s family. If you want to experience reconciliation with someone who has wronged you, you must be willing to pray and forgive. In this Blog, we will discuss the following:
The need for divine forgiveness of sin, the practice of forgiveness by God’s people, and the application of forgiveness principles.
The Need for Divine Forgiveness of Sin –
A. The Disobedience of the man and woman that God created, Adam and Eve, introduced Sin into the world that God had created. The Apostle Paul tells us that sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin (Romans 5:12. The consequence of that sin was that it broke the spiritual relationship between God and His creation, and that includes you and me.
B. Beginning at Mt Sinai, God ‘s remedy for sin was the institution of the covenant of Law. Sin was forgiven by the offering of animal sacrifices and the shedding of blood which prefigured the atoning death of Jesus Christ.
C. The first recorded example there is in in Scripture of God’s forgiveness, takes place at Mt Sinai when Israel worshipped the “golden Calf”. Following that incident, the Scripture reveals that,
“And the Lord passed in front of Moses proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Exodus 34:6-7) From this event it is evident that
(1) God’s nature is to forgive because of His mercy and compassion.
(2) Forgiveness is necessary to maintain a relationship with God
(3) God’s forgiveness continued throughout the history of Israel
D. Another example of God’s forgiveness is seen in his relationship with David.
(1) Following his sin with Bathsheba, David prayed for forgiveness,
“Have mercy on me O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:1
(2) Because God is gracious and compassionate, He forgives David.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not His all His benefits----who forgives all your sins---the Lord is compassionate and gracious---as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:2, 12)
E. In the New testament God establishes a New Covenant through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(1) By virtue of Jesus’ sacrifice, there is now access to God and the forgiveness of sin.
“In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:7-8
(2) When men and women confess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, He forgives them of their sins and declares they are righteous (justified).
(1) Our understanding of the power of forgiveness has its beginning with the nature of God.
(2) Because of His love and compassion, God is willing to forgive sin.
(3) Because God forgives, He wants His people to show love and compassion and forgive. God is our example of forgiveness.
(4) How do you show your appreciation for God’s forgiveness of your sins?
After reading this blog, please let us know how you show your appreciation for God’s forgiveness of your sins.
Also, please remember to come back next month to read Part 2 of this Blog.