Forgiveness and Grace

Unforgiveness is a sin and if we do not repent it will lead to Hell.

Romans 12:12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Matthew 6: 14 & 15: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The price that Jesus paid for us on the cross was for our forgiveness. We CANNOT afford NOT to forgive because our Father in heaven cannot forgive us if we do not forgive those who have offended us. We hold in bondage those that we refuse to forgive.

Before the creation of the world a binding contract was made by the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit -:

1. God, our Heavenly Father, GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. He sent Jesus to take our place on the cross so that we be reconciled with Him and our past sins wiped away.

2. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, entered into this contract and agreed to present Himself completely righteous, to pay the price for our sins and to deliver us from the devil. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God our Father, making intercession for us.

3. The Gracious and Merciful Holy Spirit then contracted to keep us until the day we are presented to God. He watches over us, convicts us of sin and guides us all the days of our lives. He gives us Peace and Joy and helps us through the storms of life.

This contract, known as “The New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus” is eternal, ie, it can NEVER be broken. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are bound by this for all eternity.  Because of God’s great love for His creation, His Mercy is extended to us while we are alive.  This covenant exists for our protection and for our release from sin. It is a covenant of FORGIVENESS of sin, both intentional and unintentional sin.

Let’s see some of the sins God forgives through the blood of His Son:

• Betrayal
• Offences, Jealousy, envy, strife
• Slander, blasphemy, gossip, lies, exaggeration
• Hatred, anger, resentment
• Substance abuse i.e. food, alcohol, drugs
• Rebellion, selfishness, pride, greed, ungratefulness
• Covetousness: desiring other people’s lives, property, looks
• Adultery, fornication, sexual sin, homosexuality, perversion, paedophilia
• Worshipping other gods, idolatory: money, status, power, other religions, property, creation
• Denial, emotional and physical abuse
• Murder, abortion
• Unforgiveness, worry, fear

These are just some of the things that God forgives, I am sure that you can think of others. Look at the list and mark the ones that applied or perhaps even still apply to you today. See how much He has forgiven you and thank Him for it.

On that final day, when you stand before God, He will ask you:

“What have you done with my Son?”

You will be on your own, there will be no one beside you. Your parents cannot help you; neither can your pastor/minister/friend/teacher/husband/wife/ child/brother or sister. Alone before God, you will answer why you refused to forgive others, even though you were calling on God for forgiveness, going to church, were baptised and speaking in tongues.

You see, Hell was created for Satan and all his followers, not for you, not for God’s children, but the devil is going throughout the earth looking for those that he may take with him. 1 Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He knows his end and he knows that time is running out. He also knows how much it hurts God when one of his children has to be banished to hell.

God does not desire that you end up in that place with the devil; He longs to be reunited with you in Heaven. He made every provision for that through His Son and also through the work of the Holy Spirit.

However, misunderstandings, wrong judgements on one another, offences, insults, criticism, gossip and slander lead to resentment, anger and hatred which ultimately lead to unforgiveness and then hell.

When you stand before God and He says:

“I forgave you, why did you not forgive your brother?”

On that day, you will see that with the measure you used, it will be measured back to you. You will reap what you have sown. God CANNOT forgive you if you will not forgive those who have offended you.

Now let us look at the effect of your unforgiveness whilst on this earth. Holding on to other people’s offences keeps you in bondage and them in bondage to you. Forgiving your offenders releases you from that bondage. Can you see that they are still hurting you even though they may be long gone, maybe even dead? When you forgive them, they may be off your hook but they are still on God’s. Forgive them for your sake (for the sake of your freedom and healing) and let God be their judge. He is much better qualified for the position than we are. He is a fair and just God and will treat us as our sins deserve (Rom 12:19 “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.) Let God be God and stop trying to do His job.

Take a look at Romans 12: 14-21: Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
When we read in vs 20 (b) ‘In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head’, we need to see what happens to a person when burning coals are applied to them. This is clarified in Isaiah chapter 6:6&7: Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.  With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

In forgiving those who have offended you, you are releasing them to God so that He can now work on them for their salvation. You have obtained your freedom and they can no longer cause you any more harm through that offence. His desire is to save them, but your resentment, anger and hatred is calling for their destruction. God created them just as He created you. He loves them as much as He loves you. It is the sin He hates, but He made a way for you and that way (our Lord Jesus Christ) is available to them too. When we pray for our enemies, we make room for their salvation. After all, they are not really your enemy, the devil is but he has succeeded in having you think that they are.

Jesus gave His life to set us free from these bondages. By holding on to people’s offences, we are making the statement to Jesus that we no longer accept His sacrifice. How will you answer when you stand before God and He asks you:

“What have you done with my Son?”

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