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Freedom of Forgiveness
Freedom of Forgiveness
My Sunday meditation
Is forgiving a feeling, emotion?
Does forgiving mean restoring a relationship?
Does forgiving mean forgetting?
Is Once enough? Not usually.
I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God,
through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3
As the Lord Jesus Christ hung on the cross, He stretched out His arms and FORGAVE those who crucified Him! †What an example!
I must say I am preaching to myself! †Probly why the Lord laid this on my heart to do.
Even if I botched this post as far as a well done writing in concerned, there is plenty for people to take to home and heart.
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Is forgiving a feeling, emotion?
NO, its a CHOICE.
When we make the CHOICE to forgive, we choose to free ourself from that prison.
We choose LIFE. We begin to heal and be renewed.
We are instructed in Jesus sample prayer to forgive.
Its called 'The Lord's Prayer' but the real prayer of our Lord is found in John 17.
The original indicates to deliver us from 'the Evil one' - Satan, the devil, Lucifer.
Sometimes we need to forgive ourself!
And I have even counseled people who needed to forgive God - and it helped them, freed them!
Not that God needs forgiving of course, but an individual may need the freedom they get from doing that.
Forgiving is not an emotion. We feel like we feel, that is not right or wrong, it just is.
Forgiving is a choice, and very often must be repeated several times a day, week, month - until the feeling of peace, release comes.
It may be helpful to picture handing 'it' to Jesus, turning and walking away.
Unforgiveness holds people in a prison of sorts. They dont know it but YOU do.
In fact I might even say, unforgivness holds 'you' imprisoned. Been there, done that!
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.
Forgiving and restoring a relationship
If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.
But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses every fact may be confirmed.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church, and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.
For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.
Thats in scripture for a reason! Very few churches practice it.
The church of Acts had miracles regularly! It was powerful!
It preached heaven, hell and the whole Gospel! Not just the parts they liked.
The numbers increased daily.
Today churches leave out hellfire and brimstone and eternal torment of the lost.
They dont often speak of heaven. The power is gone because they preach a soft pink jesus that tolerates sin.
Forget that jesus - he aint the LORD JESUS CHRIST!
If those belonging to the Lord dont pure up they aint goin up!
Live holy, live pure, dont live p.c. God is not p.c.
Does forgiving mean we need to resore an unhealthy relationship?
NO. If you have been in a hurtful relationship and the other person does not repent, admit wrong and change,
then its unlikely that relationship should continue.
I had to cut off an important relationship because it was destructive. It wasnt easy.
Borrowed from someone else -
A relationship is 2 people.
Ministry is ONE person.
If that applies to you, you will know it.
Forgiving means letting go of your right to revenge.
We need to release ourselves from holding another guilty for our own good, to renew our soul.
If there is no repentance on the part of the other, then there can be no restoration of relationship.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3
To understand WHY someone has said or done something can help to heal a relationship.
If you do not forgive you become bitter and satan can take advantage, sometimes far more than you will know.
Forgive how many times!?
Then Peter came and said to Him,
Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to 7 times?
Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to 70 times seven.
For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.
When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.
But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.
So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.
And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.
But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, Pay back what you owe.
So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, Have patience with me and I will repay you.
But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.
So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.
Then summoning him, his lord said to him,
You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?
And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.
My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.
Mark 11:25 and Matthew 21
As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up.
Being reminded, Peter said to Him, Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.
And Jesus answered saying to them, Have faith in God.
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea,
and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.
Guard your heart
Since the command to forgive follows this fig tree curse, we should be able to understand why.
It indicates some time passed. The result of the curse was not instant.
Luke 21 mentions the fig tree and Christ's 2nd coming.
Christ's 2nd coming is also in Matthew 24 shortly after the fig tree.
We need to watch our heart as we wait for the Lord's return.
We need to live holy - not p.c.
We need to love what God loves and hate what God hates without excuse.
We need to agree with the living written word of God without telling ourself God changed His mind. He doesnt change.
This has been on my heart for days as I have wrestled with an offense trying to let go.
This world is very Dark and getting Darker fast. If we hang onto Darkness we wont make it.
Staying clean before the Lord on a daily basis is mandatory.
LOVE TRUTH! That tends to be my most urgent passion.
Even if you have to change your mind to embrace Truth - love it - above whats comfortable.
Because they did not love of the Truth, God will send upon them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false (a LIE). 2 Thes 2
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger.
Behold the fig tree and all the trees, as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near.
So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.
Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them, if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.
Forgiveness is a Choice, Not a Feeling
We have all had people in our lives that have pissed us off. The trouble is if years later we still havent forgiven them and moved on,
it eats away at us, not them. If you cant forgive a person they still have control over you. Forgiveness is a choice not a feeling.
Forgiving is letting the whole thing go instead of carrying bitterness you dont need.
When you forgive you save your body from chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisone which surge through your body
when you hold anger and resentment, long term they will give you cancer.
There has been a case when a doctor could find nothing physically wrong with a patient during an autopsy
so listed cause of death as anger and resentment. The person had been bitter for years and the doctor believed it eventually killed them.
Once youíve made a choice to forgive
Stop telling the story. Discipline your tongue. Stop talking about the person/problem/issue.
If you want to get better you cannot be bitter. Your mind affects your mouth and mouth affects your mind Ė
so you need to stop talking about it and move on.
Make a list of the good things that happened as a result of the experience.
Benefits of forgiveness:
Healing of emotional and physical pain
Reduced depression and stress
Better immune system and digestion
More physical and mental energy
Better quality sleep
Increased happiness and peace of mind
Choosing to forgive gives you back your emotional freedom and happiness.
It makes you wiser and stronger as forgiveness is an attribute of the strong - weak people canít forgive.
It makes you easier to love and life itself is just easier.
DO COLLECT 200 BLESSINGS!
There will be peace in the valley - someday
I lift up my eyes to the hills
Valley of Broken Pieces
Story of my life
My spirit was high, my life a song
My heart was proud, my will was strong.
Then one day came the Voice of Jesus
And I saw a valley of broken pieces.
As an eagle I soared, untouched and high,
I'd rather have stayed up there in the sky,
but quietly called the Voice of Jesus:
"Come to the Valley of Broken Pieces."
Down I swooped, and was filled with awe
at the beautiful, fearful things I saw!
Yet comes the comforting words of Jesus;
"I'm here, in the Valley of Broken Pieces."
"My children are bound, and must be freed!
You must be broken, to meet their need."
"But I'm afraid!!" I cried to Jesus,
Who beckoned yet, midst the broken pieces.
Brokenness is the best gift I give.
I ask you to die, that others may live.
It's your choice," challenged the Voice of Jesus,
"Rest in the Valley of Broken Pieces."
"Lo, I AM with you, have no fear.
I'll teach you to love, and bring others cheer.
Forgiveness is yours," assured my Jesus,
"Only in the Valley of Broken Pieces."
YOU CAN BE a SOARING SAINT
You do NOT need to obey your feeling of the day.
The sun will come up ~ TOMORROW!
You CAN soar ABOVE what is going on. CHOOSE!
YOU can be a SOARING SAINT!!!
Are you depressed as you walk through life?
Without hope, downcast & faint?
Jesus offers you eagle's wings,
So you may be a soaring saint.
He'll supply the power to fly,
To rise above fear & complaint.
You can go from earth to sky -
Yes,YOU can be a soaring saint!
You can rise from death to life.
You can come to peace from strife.
You can with colors your life paint,
And come to be a soaring saint!
Just ask the Lord to come to you,
Forgive your sins & clean you through;
Release you from all that would taint,
And help you be a soaring saint!
The Lord desires to set you free
of fear and hate, and jealousy.
He really wishes you to see
that you can be a soaring saint!
The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Come heal me Lord, that I may fly!
* These poems I wrote. Feel free to use them.
The UNFORGIVABLE, UNPARDONABLE SIN
I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD,
plans for good and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
Mark 3 Douay-Rheims Bible
20 And they come to a house, and the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
21 And when his friends had heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him. For they said: He is become mad.
22 And the scribes who were come down from Jerusalem, said: He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils he casteth out devils.
23 And after he had called them together, he said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can enter into the house of a strong man and rob him of his goods, unless he first bind the strong man, and then shall he plunder his house.
28 Amen I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme:
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.
30 Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit.
28-29 New American Standard Bible
All sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin
because they were saying, "He (Jesus Christ) has an unclean spirit."
Luke 12 New Living Translation
Jesus warned His disciples, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, their hypocrisy.
The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.
Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
"Dear friends, donít be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that.
But Iíll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell.a Yes, heís the one to fear.
"What is the price of 5 sparrows, two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them.
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So donít be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
"I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of Godís angels. But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before Godís angels.
Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
ANYONE can come to Jesus - until their death.
and those who have strayed can come back to Him.
This is the point of the lost sheep and prodigal son. The Father awaited His son with longing and forgiveness.
YOU have NOT committed the unforgivable sin, whoever you are.
No matter what you have done - Jesus awaits you with forgiveness and welcome.
This sin could only be committed when Jesus Himself walked Earth.
He alone is perfect and sinless. We sin.
It was IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to obey satan.
It is NOT impossible for us to have satan's influence.
Attributing Jesus miracles (works, signs) to satan was unforgivable.
Note in the story - the Jewish leaders malaigned Jesus' works.
Jesus did His works by the power of the Holy Spirit.
How to be free
October 26, 2015 - Chip Ingram talks about how to be set free from the bondage of sexual sin, past or present, there is hope for you - to find forgiveness, freedom, and chart a new path for your future.
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