The Essence of Forgiveness

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There’s no doubt that offenses are unfortunately a part of life. Sure, it doesn’t make it any easier to accept or understand, and yet those of us who are familiar with the Holy Scriptures at the very least know that forgiveness is essential. But what is the essence of forgiveness? Is it merely enough to say God commands us to forgive so we do it? As if there’s some part of us that is robotic in nature? Or is there a deeper meaning within what God is actually teaching us?

Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV

The Lord’s Prayer

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

We know that God does not desire for us to be robots for we have choices and free will. Almighty God does not force Himself on anyone; one of many true testaments of His Omnipotence and Presence. God IS THAT GOOD that He will allow us to decide whom we will serve…ourselves…the adversary…or The True and Living God of Israel…may we choose wisely.

Indeed through The Lord’s Word and Actions, we learn of something more than just forgiving others because we want God to forgive us. Is forgiving others for the pure benefit of being forgiven – enough of a reason or the only reason to be considered a “forgiving” person?

Heaven forbid, from the time of Genesis, God has made us in His Image. Therefore we are to walk in the likeness and character of God. Our Father and Creator of all doesn’t merely do anything just because…or so that He will benefit out of convenience.

To forgive others with the notion that we want to be forgiven by God is only half of the understanding. God does EVERYTHING out of LOVE. If we are to walk in the purpose and identity He has given to us, then we are to understand…the essence of His Image is LOVE.

Therefore, in forgiving others…we truly forgive out of love.

To forgive in love is to forgive despite the pain, anguish, and offense; we show a level of kindness that is rarely seen. Repaying UNKINDNESS with KINDNESS.

Luke 23:26-43 NKJV (Key Verse 34)
34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots.

In Luke 23, we read of the trial, false accusation, and crucifixion of Christ. In the passage entitled, The King on the Cross (verses26-43) we see the continuation of the offenses, pain, and anguish they rendered to the Messiah through their words, actions, and meditations in their heart.

This historical, scientific, and biblical event shows us the Great Example and the Character of Yeshua Jesus in the lesson of FORGIVENESS. The perseverance of The Beloved Son teaches us that of anything that we could go through in this life, the treatment and persecution of our Lord & Savior show that even in the direst situations true love is shown in forgiving EVEN in the midst of pain, hurt, betrayal, defamation, slander, lies, physical and mental anguish, turmoil, hardship, and the many, many ways one could be offended in the world.

Forgiveness may not always be easy but with Christ, we will have the strength to do all things, endure and overcome. He will fill all voids and wipe the tears from our eyes; turning our mourning into dancing.

The Righteous Judge sees and knows all.

We have the promise of eternal life where there will be no causations or remnants of sin…so pray to have the patience of the saints and be still.

May we read and reflect on this passage and be brought into remembrance through The Holy Spirit that God LOVED us FIRST. Through His Love, we are witnesses and ambassadors of LOVE. Showing the evidence of His Spirit whom we worship in spirit and in truth through obedience, faith, love in sincerity & truth, among all of the facets of what encompasses the Nature and Image of God instilled in us through Christ Jesus.

Luke 23:26-43 NKJV

The King on a Cross

26 Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” ’ 31 For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”
32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”
36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”
38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:

THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.


39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

May we do as Messiah commanded Peter…to forgive 70 times 7. Showing the evidence of truly being a called out chosen people…that we are unique, special, compassionate, and unconditional…a few of the many traits of our God and King.

Matthew 18:21-35 (Key Verses 21-22) NKJV

Matthew 18:21-35 NKJV

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

Even as the least of them, we are seated at the table of The Lord in His Father’s Mansion...in LOVE.

Be holy for He Is Holy.

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