October 4, 2018

“Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free” Stormie Omartian. The forgiveness you don’t give is the forgiveness you don’t get, ladies. In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says, “If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Scary. The Greek word for forgive primarily means to send forth, send away; to remit or forgive debts or sins, completely cancelling them. Forgiveness also involves the complete removal of the cause of offense, based upon Jesus becoming our substitution, an atoning sacrifice on our behalf that appeased God’s wrath for our sins. Look back over your life and recall some of the habits and hang-ups God has forgiven you of and empowered you to overcome. Name some of the things you asked the Lord to forgive you of one to five years ago or name some of the things you asked Him to forgive you of when you first surrendered your life to Christ. John Bevere makes a powerful statement in his book The Bait of Satan, “A person who cannot forgive is a person who has forgotten or never really realized what they’ve been forgiven of. When you realize that Jesus delivered you from eternal death and torment, you will release others unconditionally.” As a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven we are called to live differently than the world around us. The world tells us that we are justified to judge, hate and even isolate ourselves from those who offend us with their words or actions. But the Spirit calls us to a different response, one of humility and Christlikeness. Becoming like Christ means choosing to be UNOFFENDABLE. The evidence of our salvation is that we actually love other people, and one of the primary ways we love them is through forgiveness. So when others offend you (which will be the case for the rest of your life), is your response that of the world or that of the Kingdom of God? If it’s the world’s response, then you don’t need the Holy Spirit. You only need Him to forgive as Christ has forgiven you.

Jennelle Sherman
The Well Bible Study Ministry