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Grace Forgiveness Pt 2

We saw in Pt 1 that we are now under New Covenant (NC) grace forgiveness, which is:

Forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you. (Eph 4:32.  AMP)

Let’s now look at how to apply that forgiveness. Forgiveness has 2 parts to it:

1) Forgiveness is a decision – YES/NO.

God created mankind as free will beings. The will is where we make our choices, decisions and form our attitudes. Because we have free will, it follows on that we have to take personal responsibility for the choices we make.

2) Forgiveness is a process – TIME.

There are things that happen to us we can forgive straight away. But there are bigger things where the offense and hurt are too much for us to handle. Therefore we struggle to forgive. It’s at this point that many Christians sink under a cloud of guilt and condemnation. They think God will judge them, reject them or is angry with them.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Such people are living under the Old Covenant model of law forgiveness that says God will punish them for their failures, sins and mistakes.

As D.L. Moody would say, “NO – a thousand times NO”.

We are now living under the New Covenant model of grace forgiveness.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (NKJV)

The word, ‘cleanses’ in the above verse is in the present continuous tense. This means whenever we sin, immediately the blood of Christ cleanses that sin away. See yourself stood beneath a fountain of blood flowing down upon you, washing you from all sin.

God always looks upon us through the blood of His son, therefore, He always sees us as righteous in His sight.

Let’s apply this truth to a forgiveness situation:

Your husband is badly beaten by a gang of youths. He is hospitalized and cannot work for a year. A tsunami wave of anger, hatred and bitterness sweeps over you. But as a Christian God has called you to forgive. How can I do this. It seems impossible.

The key is in understanding that although I am consumed by anger and bitterness, Christ’s blood continues to cleanse that sin away so that we are always forgiven, accepted and unconditionally loved by God, freeing us from any guilt, condemnation or rejection. This takes the pressure off and gives us time to work our forgiveness through.

We may have to forgive that gang of youths 100 or 200 times, but however many times it takes, God gives us the time to work it through until the day comes when that wound is healed.

Praise the name of Jesus who’s blood continuously cleanses us from all sin!

Meditation Point: Thank you Lord that I no longer have to allow any fear, guilt or condemnation to remain in my life. Jesus cleansed and continues to cleanse all my sin away.

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. (NKJV)


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