04 September 2018
23 March 2017
The Lord Jesus showed this: (Luke 23:34 [MKJV]) And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. And parting His clothing, they cast lots.
Likewise Stephen as he was dying because he was a Christian said: (Acts 7:60 [MKJV]) And kneeling down, he cried with a loud voice, Lord, do not lay this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
In these passages there is no hint that eternal forgiveness from God is meant. It is only to turn over that evil deed to God for Him to deal with that evil person.
A wonderful article I found explaining various myths of forgiveness includes this:
What Forgiveness Isn't
6 myths that may be keeping you from letting go.by Denise George
I listened quietly as my friend Jamie told me the frank details of the sexual abuse she'd suffered as a child.
"I hate my father!" she blurted out. "He abused me for more than a decade!" Jamie cried.
"But my pastor said if I want to heal from my childhood pain, I have to forgive."
"What did you tell your pastor?" I asked.
"I told him I could never forgive my father, that I didn't want to forgive him, that no one—not even God—would expect me to forgive him!" Jamie told me all the reasons that kept her from forgiving her abusive father. I'd heard many of them before. In fact, I'd used some of them two years earlier, when a friend I'd trusted to keep a confidence told several women in my Sunday school class about a painful circumstance I was going through. I felt betrayed by my friend—as I should have. But forgive her? That was the last thing I wanted to do! I dropped out of the Sunday school class and avoided her at church. But a year later, when I reread what the apostle Paul said about forgiveness, his familiar words touched my heart in a special way: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32, my emphasis).
As I meditated on that verse, I knew I'd been...
You can read the rest here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54596334e4b0780b44555981/t/547105e8e4b07726eb3bdd43/1416693224048/What-Forgiveness-Isnt1.pdf
27 February 2017
Barbara Roberts, a writer at the web site A Cry for Justice has written such an article to answer this question. It is a good read.
Would it be be an act of unforgiveness to decide not to eat with that hypocrite? That reviler? That person who holds to a form of godliness but denies its power? Would it be a lack of Christian love?Read the rest here: https://cryingoutforjustice.com/2017/02/27/three-kinds-of-forgiveness/
The answer to these questions is...
26 January 2017
- The special offering. (This is when they first enter the land). Numbers 15:1-16
- The yearly harvest offering Numbers 15:17-21
- Sacrifices for sin Numbers 15:22-31
- Unintentional Numbers 15:22-29
- Intentional Numbers 15:30-31
- The wood gatherer Numbers 15:32-36
- The tassels on the robes Numbers 15:37-41
- Our parents had to teach us to be thankful.
- We have to teach our children the same.
- God is no different. He needed to teach the children of Israel to be thankful.
- It is a demand, but it is to teach them.
- We all liked to have someone say, “Thank you.”
- Thanksgiving for received salvation(Leviticus 7:12)
- a fulfillment of a vow – when expected salvation is received(Leviticus 7:16)
- voluntary offering of giving thanks(Leviticus 7:16) – as an expression of rejoicing with God, as in the case of Solomon at the dedication of the Temple (1 Kings 8:63)
- Grain offering
- One tenth ephah= ~2 quarts (2.2 liters) (2 pounds) flour
- One fourth hin= ~1 quart (1 liter) (2 pints) olive oil and wine
- Two tenths ephah= ~4 quarts (4.4 liters) (4 pounds) flour
- One third hin= ~One third gallon (1.3 liters) (3 pints) olive oil and wine
- 3 tenths ephah= ~6 quarts (6.6 liters) (6 pounds) flour
- One half hin= ~2 quarts (2 liters) (4 pints) olive oil and wine
- God does not fail, man does.
- God is faithful, humanity is not.
- God keeps and guarantees His promises, humanity cannot.
- Humanity often forfeits everything, but God’s plan still will happen.
02 December 2016
Luke 7:41-50(41) "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. (42) And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" (43) Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." (44) Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. (45) You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. (46) You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. (47) Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." (48) Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." (49) And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" (50) Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."
- Jesus can forgive sins
- Jesus forgave this sins before the cross showing us that the OT saints had forgiveness in looking forward to Messiah, our Passover Lamb.
- The Lord Jesus did not require her to keep the Law or practice it. It is not even mentioned. What is mentioned is "faith," which is believing God. Faith in Jesus brought forgiveness of sins.
- The Gospel has been, is, and always will be the same. There is only one Gospel.
- Some have more sins than others.
- Those who are forgiven much often love more.
- Jesus can forgive a few sins as well as many sins.
- Religion does not save.
- Keeping the Law, as the Pharisee did, does not forgive sins. This is because the heart is evil and desperately wicked.
- We have peace with God, because of the forgiveness that He gives.
- We are now to obey Him.
26 January 2015
Today I had to ask my son for his forgiveness. Like many parents we've tried to teach our children how to treat others how they would like to be treated. We've talked about loving, sharing, and respecting each other. We teach our kids to bless others who may be less fortunate. They routinely ask us for ways they can help the homeless and hungry among us. As Christians, we teach them about the God who created them, and who sent his Son in order to bring them eternal life and relationship with himself. We pray together as a family at night and attend church regularly. Sounds pretty good huh? We are intentional about instilling values in our children because we want them to enjoy proper fellowship with their fellow man as well as their Heavenly Father. We want them to become well rounded, mature adults who are emotionally, physically and spiritually developed. AND most importantly, we don't want them to HIT, SPIT AT, FIGHT, or BITE each other, or do anything else that causes Mommy or Daddy to yell, "STOP IT" 45 times!!!!
Every few nights we sing songs before bed. One favorite goes like this,
"Be ye kind, one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another even as Christ has forgiven you. E-phe-sians four thirty two, ba dum, ba dum, E-phe-sians four thirty two, ba dum, ba dum." (Ephesians 4:32)
Honestly, when we sing that song I'm hoping THEY internalize those words and I don't have to discipline, correct or separate anyone for at least a couple hours.
But today, I was the one who wasn't kind, or tender hearted and had to ask forgiveness from my child. Sparing all the details, I will say I became agitated because my son, instead of asking for help to get his clothes off for bath time began to cry uncontrollably out of frustration. I instructed him and implored him about what he should do and how he should ask, to no avail. The tears were in full force. At this point I became angry, my tone changed, and while I never insulted him (calling him a crybaby) I was not communicating with him in a kind, tender hearted or loving way. I was the antithesis of that song and that verse.
After quickly bathing and dressing him he went downstairs and I went to my room, convicted by the Holy Spirit. And so, I, the daddy, the teacher, the "mature" one, went downstairs and begged for my son's forgiveness. He gave me one of the best hugs I've ever had. Thank God children don't hold grudges very long!
Sometimes, parenting will drive you to your limits. These children that give us so much joy can drive us to our wits end, testing every fiber of our patience. As we teach them right and wrong we must ALWAYS be willing to DEMONSTRATE right and wrong. All the church songs, Bible verses, core values and morals will mean nothing to them as they grow older if we don't live them out in our daily lives. This includes admitting our shortcomings. We must be willing to humble ourselves and ask them for forgiveness when we mistreat them. In word, thought or deed, it will happen. Even the most devoted parents will fall short of perfection at times. When this happens we must be willing to show our children, that while they must obey us, we in turn must obey God. And if that means a 34 year old telling a 3 year old he's sorry, and asking for forgiveness. So be it.
Now I'm the one in tears.