Greetings in The Mighty Name of Jesus, The Christ!!!
Forgiveness Has No Bounds
Matthew 6:14-15 KJV
"14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Forgive - Bibles Definition
to send away; to bid going away or depart; of a husband divorcing his wife; to send forth, yield up, to expire; to let go, let alone, let be; to disregard; to leave, not to discuss now, (a topic); of teachers, writers and speakers; to omit, neglect;
to let go, give up a debt, forgive, to remit; to give up, keep no longer; to permit, allow, not to hinder, to give up a thing to a person; to leave, go way from one; in order to go to another place; to depart from any one; to depart from one and leave him to himself so that all mutual claims are abandoned; to desert wrongfully; to go away leaving something behind; to leave one by not taking him as a companion; to leave on dying, leave behind one; to leave so that what is left may remain, leave remaining; abandon, leave destitute;
Forgiveness – Bibles Definition
release from bondage or imprisonment; forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty;
Brothers and Sisters we find that Forgiving someone means that we let go of an incident that Holds that person in Bondage. That we, The Children Of God keep the Incident No Longer Within Focus OF that Person. This is a Great Task that we must endure, though our Flesh would Condemn and Seek Vengeance upon those who Offend Us.
But there is a Condition to this Forgiveness that is Two Fold. One, we Must Forgive those who do wrong against us and two we Must Ask For The Forgiveness, setting Our Offence Free From Bondage. In this, Forgiveness Has No Bounds.
Now, Scriptures tells us that we are to be Wise and in this Wisdom, have Order.
Matthew 10:16 KJV
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
Ephesians 5:15 KJV
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,"
Now what do I mean to “have Order”? Let me give you an example of Forgiveness With Order. Let’s say they is a man, woman or child that is Destitute, in Poverty, even on The Street and they Ask for Money so that they may eat, you being kind hearted, give what you feel you can or want. You go on your way and in a couple of days you find this same person Asking for Money once again. You stop Ask them What did you do with the Money that I gave you just the other day? They say they bought Food to eat, but as you are talking you smell Alcohol, and Cigarettes smoke on their breath. So, you may proceed in asking them the “Why” question of these things, finding that they Money you gave them may have bought some food, but more likely was used for Their Habit. The person confesses, yes I bought whatever their habit is, please Forgive Me. We, as The Children Of God have an Obligation To Forgive them, but, we do not have the Obligation to Support Their Habit, we do not need to give them any more money due to the Evidence. Having Forgiveness does not Obligate us in Helping a person with Their Habits Of Sin!
There are many other examples that could be given, but understand this, that Forgiveness and Material Objects are Not Equal. Nor does is have anything to do with Trust, but it is the Releasing Bondage For Sin!
If a person is convicted of murder, sent to prison, but they Ask or not, to be Forgiven for what they have done to the families, society, we have an Obligation to Forgive them…NO MATTER WHAT! But, Forgiveness does not always Erase Consequences For Sin. The person who committed murder will still have to Pay For Their Sin.
Now has does this Translate to us and Heaven. We, when we Ask For Forgiveness are Forgiven, but in that Forgiveness, depending on What you do thereafter may have a Cost.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 KJV
"12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
Matthew 13:23 KJV
“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
I will not expand on what is Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Wood, Hay and Stubble here, but this you Must Understand, all deal with Your Walk Of Obedience To Jesus!!! It has Nothing to do with Forgiveness, but in Your Forgiveness it does.
Now, there is also another matter dealing with someone Asking for Forgiveness, that is Your Life Style. There must Accompany Fruits Of Being Forgiven. Some would say that Fruit has nothing to do with Forgiveness even Salvation. But I would have you consider the following Scriptures to Judge Yourself.
Romans 10:9 KJV
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Matthew 7:21-23 KJV
"21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Sorry to those who Believe “Once Saved, Always Saved” concept, Our Works along with Salvation, which means that we have been Forgiven Of Our Sins, does matter to Jesus. There Must be Fruits Of Forgiveness or Our Asking for Forgiveness is For Nothing!!!
To those who struggle with any type of addictions, sins, there is Hope and Grace to you as long as you are Trying to Turn The Corner and do What Jesus wants you to do. This does not mean that you give up, but it does mean there is Forgiveness to the Back Slider who struggles. Some would say, that when you Accept Jesus, Asking For Forgiveness Of Sins that ALL THINGS are set straight and are brand new, this does happen to some, but it is not the normal. The Sins of the Flesh we still have to deal with in many cases and more often than not.
Our Brother Paul said it the in this way…
Romans 6:15-19 KJV
"15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness."
Romans 7:17-20 KJV
"17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."
Forgiveness carries Obligations both for the Forgiver and to the one being Forgiven. Remember, Forgiving and having Forgiveness sets US Free From Bondage to be able to do that which is right in Jesus sight, but Grace Does Abound!!
There are many who Struggle with Forgiveness because they do not Understand Forgiveness. Forgiveness Brings Grace To Walk Forward, Not Backwards and Not To Stay Where You Are At, but is to Brings us into an Acceptable Person before Jesus to Allow Us into the Kingdom Of Heaven and being Presented to The Father. Do not take Forgiving or Forgiveness lightly, it has the Weight of both Life and Death within them.
To Forgive Is
To Be Forgiven,
Is Grace Unwarranted!
Amen and Amen!!!