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The Gift of Forgiveness

Then came Peter to Him and said, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?  Till seven times?”  Then Jesus saith unto him “I say not unto thee, until seven times: but until seventy times seven.”  

Matthew 18:21-22

Isn’t it interesting that Peter’s question about how many times forgiveness should be extended to a person, would later be the same grace he needed after denying Jesus three times?  It is clear that Jesus was trying to express to Peter the extent of forgiveness, but also that He was setting this disciple up for the promotion coming as an apostle and pillar of the Church.

Forgiveness was and is a critical point with Jesus because that is what He offered and gave freely to those who now believe in His Name.  It is one’s ability to be able to “release” others from their wrongs that makes one walk in this characteristic of Christ.  It is also the inability to forgive or release others that keep people bound and stagnate in their growth as a believer.  One cannot progress successfully with “baggage” weighing them down.  When a person chooses not to forgive, they remain “tied” or “bound” to the “wrong” and the person who committed the “wrong”.  If they continue in this manner, all of those people become “weights” they carry, severely hindering their progressive growth in the Lord.

Often, people don’t experience breakthroughs in their lives because they have yet to “release” someone from a wrong committed in the past.  Therefore, they cannot be healed or move from that place.  They are “tied” to it.  If you could do a “spirit check” and actually see all of the people who are still “bound” to you because you have not forgiven them, you may get strong clarity as to why you cannot get to the next level in God.

Here’s the key: God commands that we forgive.  And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32

How can we freely receive that gift from Him and not freely give the same gift to another?  It is likely at this very place where many believers get stuck in ruts.  What they fail to realize is that the only way out of the “rut”, is to drop the weight.  Forgiving or letting go of people and the wrongs they have committed “unties” or “looses” you from that place, giving you the opportunity to move on in God.

So, as you make preparation to go to the next level in Him, do a spirit check to see who is still “tied” to you.  Are there people in your past or present that you need to forgive?  Give them the gift of forgiveness and let them go.  This is your first step in getting to the next level in God.

Sword Sharpener: Luke 7:27-38

©2012 LR Rodgers   All Rights Reserved.

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4 comments on “The Gift of Forgiveness

  1. “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and
    I will forgive him? Up to seven times?
    Jesus said to him,
    I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven!”
    – Matthew 18:21-22 (LEB)

    if we study bible numerics, there is significance to the number 70 and 7
    it isn’t there without a purpose.

    @”It is one’s ability to be able to “release” others from their
    wrongs that makes one walk in this characteristic of Chris
    …………………………….

    practically speaking forgiving others or those who wronged us benefits us.
    the one who gains from it is us.

    @”One cannot progress successfully with “baggage” weighing them down”
    …………………………….

    very true. unless a person experiences forgiveness from God through Jesus,
    the person will find it hard to forgive others

    @”So, as you make preparation to go to the next level in Him,
    do a spirit check to see who is still “tied” to you.
    This is your first step in getting to the next level in God”
    …………………………….
    we need to understand how much God has forgiven us first, and the forgiving
    of others will be easy.
    therefore, we need to hear preachings and sermons focused on God’s love for us
    focused on God’s forgiveness of sins, on what Jesus has done at the cross

    we have to be aware of our identity first, then we can perform good works.
    otherwise we end up trying to merit God’s forgiveness by forgiving others.

    our identity is that we are already sons, we are all mature sons.
    we are on the highest level already, not by our effort but by the
    blood of Jesus.

    “…forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”
    – Ephesians 4:32

    @” Are there people in your past or present that you need to forgive?
    Give them the gift of forgiveness and let them go. ”
    ……………………………….
    no we simply act the forgiveness based on our identity. forgiven.

    inspiring post 🙂 see how many comments i made

    – grace and peace

  2. correction @now we simply …..

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