The Importance of Forgiveness

The Importance of Forgiveness

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. [1 John 4:20-21]

During his ministry, Jesus, the Son of God, taught about the importance of loving our neighbors. Jesus wants us to love one another. He said that loving the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with our entire mind is the greatest and most important commandment of all; but Jesus also said that the second most important commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” [Matthew 22:37-40]

We must forgive people when they do wrongs to us, as God forgave our wrongs through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Forgiving a person who has sinned against us (when someone has betrayed us, lied to us, etc.) is usually one of the most difficult things to do, but we must pray to Jesus, so that he helps us change our mind. We need to ask Jesus to teach us how to forgive. We need to remember that even though Jesus was belittled, insulted, ridiculed, and wounded…when he was crucified, He asked his Father to give those who were mistreating Him (S. Luke 23:34)

The Word of God says:

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. [Ephesians 4:26-27]

In this biblical verse, we can see that if we get angry at someone, we must not stay angry all day. It’s necessary that we make peace with our brother on the same day. Because if we stay angry for a long time, our anger may become rancor or wrath, and these feelings will lead us into sin. If we live with a heart full of rancor or hate against someone, the Holy Spirit can’t dwell in us, and Jesus taught that if we don’t forgive our neighbor when he has sinned against us, then God won’t forgive us neither. If we want God to forgive us, we must forgive our brothers and sisters first.

Jesus said:

For 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. [Matthew 6:14-15]

Jesus told us to forgive ALL THE TIME:

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. [Matthew 18:21-22]

As you just read, Jesus said “Until seventy times seven”. He mentioned the number seven, because it represents God’s perfection, He was saying that there’s no limit to forgive our neighbors. We must forgive them each and every time they do wrongs to us.

Dear reader, if you live with a heart full of hate or rancor, you’re just hurting yourself. I invite you to do the will of God TODAY. You can do the will of God by loving and forgiving those who have hurt you.

The Last Trumpet is about to sound, and today, more than ever before in history, it is necessary to be in peace with God. It is time to put God’s Word into practice.

Let’s learn from Jesus every day. He said:

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” [Matthew 11:29-30]

May God bless you.

Sincerely,

Diederik Maynard
The Way of Holiness Church
Managua, Nicaragua.
Skype ID: jesucristo.te.llama.hoy

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