My name is Candice Ballinger and I am a Christian woman who loves Jesus and his word.
"Trust in Gods Love, Mercy, and Forgiveness"
The bible speaks of many levels of God's love. Through his grace and mercy, in fact his grace teaches us of his favor and the ability to rely on his strength. His mercy teaches us how we are soaked in his faithful love and forgiveness. Even though we do not deserve either of those things, think of it as a free gift just for you from your heavenly father. God always gives us an opportunity to turn toward him and rest in his embrace. To be covered by his promises truly is a blessing all of us can be so thankful he provides for us.
"God and Forgiveness: Trusting in His Faithful Love"
Ephesians 2:4-5 "Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions."
God is rich in mercy and forgiveness. We may tend to think that God forgives the way we do as human beings with little grace, just enough to keep him from turning his face away from us but that couldn't be further from the truth. The Lord sees your sins and your transgressions at face value, only he knows just how evil, and bad they really are. And God cannot be okay with the sin of any kind it goes against his all-good nature and holiness. But the Lord is all-forgiving and all-merciful. He doesn't just kind of forgive you, he wipes your slate completely clean. No longer a single blemish to be seen. Ephesians 5:26-27 " That he might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that he might present her to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish."
"What Does the Bible Say about Grace"
Grace which comes from the Greek New Testament word charis, is God's unfailing favor. Grace is mentioned 150 times in the Bible, In the beginning of Genesis, Noah found grace in the Lord's eyes, all through till the last verse in the Bible. Understanding God's grace will help you to see our God as our heavenly creator and Abba "Father," who gives us his overall goodness and his promised favor. And from that, the Lord wants nothing more than to have an intimate relationship with each and every one of us.
By grace, we are saved, not from anything we could ever possibly do. The Lord's good nature is what makes us turn to repentance and an overall change in one's life and way of living. It is a gift from God, grace is divine assistance bestowed upon humans for their regeneration or rebirth. Sanctification is enjoyed through the holy divine favor of God. A special gift, or virtue to help a person by God.
"Confess Your Sins and Be Forgiven and Receive the Gift of Salvation"
(Acts 2:38) ESV: And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"
(John 5:24)ESV: Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life.
"What does the Bible say about Forgiveness"
Forgiveness is the act of amnesty of an offender. In the Bible, "forgiveness" translated from the Greek word literally means "to let go," i.e. a person not asking for payment for an outstanding debt. Jesus as a matter of fact used this exact comparison when he taught believers and his disciples to pray: (Luke 11:4) "Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is in debt to us."(Matthew 18:23-35), And in his parable of the merciless slave, Jesus equated forgiveness as a canceling of outstanding debt. To forgive others is when we give up claims to be remunerated for things we have suffered or lost. Selfless love or unselfish love is what true forgiveness is based on, since love, ( 1 Corinthians13:4-5), "does not keep account of the injury,"
What Forgiveness doesn't stand for
- Pardoning the offense. In the Bible it states that it actually condemns anyone who claims that bad or evil actions are completely harmless and/or is acceptable.
- Not acknowledging that the offense took place. (2 Samuel 12:9-13) The Lord forgave King David of his malicious sins, however, he did not keep him from facing the consequences for his actions. God recorded King David's sins so that they could always be remembered.
- Letting others take advantage of you and your life. What if you had given a friend or family member money as a loan but they completely blow through it and cannot repay you after all and is very apologetic? You have two choices you can make, you can choose to forgive them and cancel out the debt completely. Or you can harbor resentment against them and continuously bring up the subject of them paying you back in full. God would expect you to choose the first option, of course, forgiveness is key to being forgiven yourself. However, in the end, you may decide to never loan them money ever again. (Psalm 37:21, Proverbs 14:15; 22:3, Galatians 6:7).
- An act of amnesty, without a valid reason or basis. The Lord doesn't forgive those who are guilty of willingly committing despiteful sin, and who do not acknowledge their many mistakes as well as changing their life, with no apology or act of sorrow over their transgressions towards people they have hurt. (Proverbs 28:13, Acts 26:20, Hebrews 10:26) Those people who are unrepentant become unfortunately enemies of God himself and he doesn't ask us to forgive people who he has yet to forgive. (Psalm 139:21)
Let's say you fall victim to unlawful mistreatment by a person who chooses not to apologize or even admit to what they have done to you? The Bible says, (Psalm 37:8) "Let go of anger and abandon rage." Not pardoning the error, you can refuse to be filled with the spirit of anger. Trust in God's ability to bring that person into account. (Hebrews 10:30-31)
- Forgiving every little offense. Instead of excusing an offender, we might need to admit to ourselves that there may not be a real reason for being offended to begin with. The Bible states:(Ecclesiastes 7:9) "Do not be quick to take offense, for the taking of offense is the mark of a fool.
"What Does the Bible Say about Mercy"
The Lord's mercy refers to his kindness, compassion, and/or his pity toward us. At the point of receiving our salvation that's when mercy makes its appearance in a believer's life. In forgiveness, God continues to show mercy. Mercy reigns over judgment.
Definition: Millard Erickson submitted a post in the Christan Theology, "God's mercy his tenderhearted, loving compassion for His people. It is his tenderness of heart toward the needy, If grace contemplates humans as sinful, guilty, and condemned, mercy sees them as miserable and needy."
In scripture, the root of the word mercy there are many Old Testament Hebrew words to be found.
- (Psalm 116:5) Racham which means "to love or have the compassion to have a disposition of mercy."
- (Exodus 25:22) Kapporeth is defined as "ransom" and it's associated with the mercy seat in the scripture.
- (Psalm 18:25) Chesed which is defined as "goodness," "kindness", and/or "mercifulness"
- "Meaning of the Lord's Mercy" The patience of God, It's The Lord giving patience to people who deserve the punishment for their sinful ways. Mercy cannot be owed to us, it is God's kindness and grace given to those who are deserving of such. God is patient when it comes to his mercy because he is holding off on judgement for a later point in time. Refraning from bringing justice right away.
- "It goes above our understanding" The cross shows the clarity of the Lord's mercy and grace. Whats the exact message received from this information? Mercy is far beyond our own understanding because the Lord's mercy and his mighty wrath met at the cross so we can be restored and/or transformed and made to be for eternity.
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