GRACE AND FORGIVENESS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:32 KJV” And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.

One of the greatest works of grace that our father has shown to us is the forgiveness of our sins. It is something we received to make our salvation complete. In our previous study we said, God has forgiven us in Christ and so expects us to forgive others. What happens if the Christian does not forgive? If a Christian refuse to forgive, he has not honored the word of God. He has refused to live by the Spirit. He therefore brings his life under the influence of the adversary.

Such an action would grieve the Holy Spirit. The child of God who does so, would lose his joy and peace. He would grow bitter and demons would begin to manipulate his life. Never keep hurts, God showed you love by forgiving all your sins. Do likewise to others by forgiving them. The next question to consider is, since we have been forgiven already in Christ, do we have to always confess our sins. As a child of God any moment you know you acted against God’s word, it is just right to accept forgiveness by confessing your sins. I used the word ‘accept’ forgiveness because, the Lord has already forgiven us. Let’s consider another question. Is it certain that we would always sin? I do not think so. We have stages of growth. We have children, young men and fathers. (1 John 2:12 & 13)

Children can easily err, but not fathers. The apostle who wrote the letter of John wrote to various classes of people at each point of his letter. When he wrote that if we claim we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, he referred basically to children (1 John 1:10). This statement was not to everyone. Remember Jesus asked us to be perfect as the father is perfect. Note: He would not ask us to do what is impossible. You confess your sins when you know there is one to be confessed, as well as presumptuous ones. If there is none, don’t. God’s idea is to raise a people who are righteous conscious and not sin conscious. He wants us to come to the measure, stature and fulness of Christ (Eph 4:13)

CONFESSION

Thank you, heavenly Father for forgiving me all my sins. I likewise forgive all those who have sinned against me. Because of this great mercy, I live above every sin so I may please the master in every way.

FURTHER STUDIES

Heb 9:14 KJV “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

1 John 3:8 KJV “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

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