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Please refer to Part 1 of Pastor Emanuel Williams' Blog on The Power of Forgiveness and be blesssed by Part 2 as Jesus teaches about forgiveness.
The Power of Forgiveness
Pastor Emanuel Williams
2. The Practice of Forgiveness Taught by Jesus
A. Jesus Demonstrated His Divinity by Forgiving Sin.
(1) The teachers of the law brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and said, “The Law of Moses commanded us to stone such a woman.
Now what do you say?” Jesus stooped down and started to write on the ground. When they kept questioning Him, he said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” When all the accusers had left, Jesus asked the woman, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared, “go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8: 3-11
• Jesus demonstrated that He had authority to forgive sin,
• Jesus, the incarnate Son of God put flesh on the concept of forgiveness and reinforced the belief that God will forgive those who repent and seek His forgiveness.
B. Jesus’ Instruction on Forgiveness.
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive 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)
(1) The petition to forgive us our debts is not a prayer for justification, since believers are declared justified from the moment of initial saving faith. (Romans 3:24 and 5:1)
(2) The reason for seeking divine forgiveness is to restore and keep open the lines of personal fellowship with God when fellowship has been hindered by sin. (1 John 1:8) Chuck Swindoll says that God promises to keep us from stumbling, but when we stumble, he promises to forgive us. (1 John 1:9) When God forgives, He also forgets.
(3) Just as it is important for Christians to receive divine forgiveness, Christians must also forgive the sins of those who offend us. Jesus gives further explanation to this teaching in V.14-15:
• If we pray for forgiveness and do not forgive others God will not hear our prayer. Human forgiveness and divine forgiveness are interconnected, and the tongue is an instrument of forgiveness.
• The Law said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy,” but Jesus said, “Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.”
(4) Jesus’ Example of Forgiving Others During His Crucifixion
“Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.”
• Jesus demonstrates that God desires His people forgive others even when they do not seek forgiveness.
• Jesus’s forgiveness of those who crucified Him is an example of unconditional love that gives love even though it receives nothing in return.
(5) Jesus introduced a new concept of forgiveness that calls for his followers to seek forgiveness for their sins and to pray for those who “sin” against them
3. The Application of Forgiveness Principles
(1) Forgiveness is to be without limits (Luke17:3-4)
(2) Being forgiven is dependent forgiving others. (Matthew 6:14-15)
B. Christians should continually seek forgiveness for their sins to maintain and/or restore fellowship with God.
(1) There is forgiveness, cleansing, and fellowship with God through faith. (Psalm 51:1-17)
(2) When we confess our sins, God answers and forgives. (1 John 1:9)
C. Christians should offer prayers for forgiveness on behalf of others: Unsaved family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and members of the churches they attend.
If we are to practice Christian forgiveness, three things are necessary:
• We need to understand
• We must learn to forget
• We must learn to love