Forgiveness and Purpose – Part one of three

How forgiveness came about.

I know, I have been hindered by unforgiveness on both sides.  I have had to forgive people for hurting me and I have desired to be forgiven by others I have hurt.  In some cases, I did not know I was hurting that someone, in other instances I was aware of my actions.  These experiences are common to all men, hence the reason we needed to be shown how to forgive.    God himself, has shown us how.

One of my favourite verses in the Bible is John 3:17 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  I also love John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Then there is Psalm 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” These three verses are very good guides to understanding key facts about forgiveness:

  1. The sacrificial gift of “Jesus” to the World, was for you and I to receive forgiveness, and thereby embrace a future, understanding that we are not condemned. We often feel rejected or discarded because we have fallen short of God’s standards, but Jesus’ death was to remove condemnation and free us from our past, our bondage and our pain. 
  2. This forgiveness can only be activated if we confess our sins; it is a step of faith we must take, by admitting that we have done wrong and need God’s forgiveness. Without such admittance, forgiveness cannot be enjoyed. 
  3. When we are forgiven, it is for good; our sins, our past, our regrets, are removed, erased, washed away; we are made clean, completely clean. We are forever forgiven.  There is no need to stay in the past as if our failures have removed all hope for change.  Anyone can turn a new page because of God’s forgiveness.  Be inspired!  Embrace forgiveness and move on to fulfill your God-given purpose in this life.

To be contd…..

 

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