God Transfer’s the believers from darkness to the light.
Converting from an unbeliever to a believer is a spiritual battle every Convert faces. And at the moment we confess Christ as our Lord and Savior, God supernaturally delivers us from the power of darkness and conveys us into the Kingdom of His Son, Jesus Christ (Col.1:13-14). God; freed us from sin, however, like the Israelites; although God freed them from slavery, they still had the mentality of a slave. Likewise, although God freed us from sin, like the Israelites, sometimes our old conduct try’s to rear its ugly head, and we do and say things not taught by the Lord, and at times, we might harbor bitterness and an unforgiving heart.
Now we are the children of God.
Through a supernatural adoption (Rom.8:12-17) by God, we, as the children of God, no longer heed to the doctrine of men, but rather, we: are led by the teachings of the Holy Spirit (Jn.14:26
When we pray: forgive.
Jesus. While teaching His Disciples on how to pray to their heavenly Father stopped and said in (Mark 11:25), and when you stand praying, forgive, if ye have anything against anyone forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
How often shall a Christian forgive his brothers?
Peter, one of the twelve Disciples wanting to impress Jesus, came to Him and said in (Matt.18:21-22), Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him Up to seven times?
Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Stephen was a man of God.
Hidden within the pages of the Bible, Luke, one of the twelve apostles, writes a true story about a man named Stephen. Luke writes in (Acts 6:8), saying that Stephen, a man of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among God’s people.
Stephen prayed and asked God to forgive his murders.
Stephen, as he boldly preached the word of God daily
offended some of the people who have heard him preach.
These offenders stirred up trouble against Stephen, until
Stephen; was arrested and stoned by the religious council.
While Stephen was dying at the hands of his murder’s he looked up into heaven and said with a loud voice, Lord, do not charge them with this sin.
Jesus cried out, forgive them, Father
Jesus, realizing that the breath of life was slowly diminishing out of His body, mustered up enough strength to look into heaven and say Father: forgive these men who have crucified Me, for they know not what they have done (Lk.23:34).
Why did these men of faith refuse to die with an unforgiving heart?
Jesus. While preaching on the mountain top, stopped and faced the multitudes saying, for if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matt.6:14-15).
Forgiveness is a part of the Christian walk.
Jesus shares a story, a true story, about a servant who was in debt to his master. Now, as the clock clicked away the seconds, the minutes, and the hours, it was time for the servant to pay his master what is due him. And unable to pay his master, he pleaded with him, begging him to give him more time in which to pay his debt (Matt.18:23-26).
The Master, wanting to have compassion on his servant, forgave him of all he had owed to his Master (Matt.18:27).
Forgive one another from the heart.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus said, like the unforgiving servant who refused to forgive his debtors was delivered to the torturers until he should pay all that was due him (Matt.18:33).
Jesus said, likewise, My heavenly Father, also will do to anyone who refuses to forgive his brothers and sisters of their trespasses (Matt.18:35).
Forgiving an offender is not an easy task.
Forgiving someone who has wronged us is not easy for anyone. God knows most Christians struggle with the issue of forgiveness. However, if we expected the Lord to forgive us of our sins, then we must be willing to forgive those who offend and abuse us as well.
The truth shall set you free.
As a pastor, I believe it is vital for Christians to know that if they choose not to forgive someone, they will be the one who suffers the most. The first thing that is affected is their relationship with the Lord. The second thing that an unforgiving heart affects is their prayer life. (Read Mark 11:25-26).
The third thing that an unforgiving heart will affect is when they stand before the Lord on judgment day. Read (James 2:13),
The fourth thing that an unforgiving heart will affect is their prosperity. (Read Matt.18:34).
It is not God’s intention for Christians to be abused by others, however, when these things do happen God tells us how to handle the situation.
Jesus said in everything pray.
Jesus said in (Matthew 5:44), love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do well to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
God has three desire for mankind.
1) That everyone repents and is saved (Read 1-Tim.2:3-4).
2) That everyone should conform to the image of Christ (Rom.8:29).
3) That they all learn to love one another as Christ loved them.
Jesus’ message to every believer,
1) If you love me, keep my commandment (Jn.14:15). And this is My commandment, that you love one another (Jn.15:12).
2) Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as Christ for gave you (Eph.4:32).
© 2017 Rev Dennis L Johnson