Saturday Night Life ; “Is forgiveness a matter only of the will?”
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The Year of Transformation
July 30-31, 2016
Is Forgiveness a matter only of the Will?
Matt 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Fa-ther will also forgive you:
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses
Micah 7:18-19 contains these wonderful words: “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have com-passion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
Forgiveness is one of the most important if not the most im-portant topic for a Christian and in fact, for humanity! Why? It is the basis of our right standing with God! When God for-gives us, He did it unconditionally based on the perfect, fin-ished work of His Son, Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary!
None of us deserved to be forgiven – we simply cannot do enough to earn our forgiveness! We were forgiven as we are cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus so that we can His righteousness to begin a right relationship with our Father.
In our walk with Him, if we fall into sin, and we confess them, He is faithful and just and forgive and cleanse us from all un-righteousness (1 John 1:9-10). Our fellowship become restored even as our relationship was never in question.
It is important for us to not just know we have been forgiven but also to feel His love for us which was why Jesus and to die for us. This sets us up to be able to forgive others because of what we have experienced of Him – His amazing grace, love and forgiveness! This is the basis for us to forgive others – it was never whether the other person deserved to be forgiven or not.
That is the reason why Jesus spoke about this in the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6) and illustrated this truth in a parable in Matthew 18. The Principle of the Kingdom is forgiveness on the basis on how much we have been forgiven period! It is not just a matter of the will! Forgiveness begins in our will but must be released from our hearts. The Love of the Father will flow from our hearts to empower us to release forgiveness to others and place us in right fellowship with Him and with oth-ers! Amen.
Pastor Chee Kang Seng