Never fail to forgive...Never rewrite Scripture to Suit You
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. MATTHEW 6:12
When I was a teenager, I disobediently took my father’s car out for a joyride when he wasn’t home. Unfortunately, I ended up running the car off a country road and into a ditch. I went to him and said, “Dad, I’ve got to tell you, I feel terrible about what I did. I was wrong, deceitful, dishonest. I knew better than to do that. I’m sorry, and I want to ask you to forgive me.” He said, “You are forgiven—but you will pay for the car.” When I damaged my father’s car, did I cease to be my father’s son? No. But my relational forgiveness was in deep trouble. If you want to know oneness with the Lord in your daily relationship with Him, if you want to feel the reality of your forgiveness when you pray to God, don’t hold grudges against others and fail to forgive them. You can’t come to God and expect to enjoy His forgiveness of your sins when you have not confessed your own sin of unforgiveness and forgiven your brother. If you want to know the daily sense of your forgiveness in your walk with the Lord, then you must forgive those who have wronged you. - Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening
There is much poison in not forgiving others. What's worse is it's a poison WE ingest that we believe we are inflicting on others.
As studies have shown the only differences between successful marriages and unsuccessful marriages is the degree of forgiveness shown throughout their lives. Where forgiveness was shown marriages survived. Where selfishness was shown they didn't.
When we would rather hold onto our selfishness we end up hurting ourselves and others, not to mention our relationship with Jesus.
You can't hold onto anger and joy at the same time. You can't hold onto peace and fear at the same time. The fascinating thing is it's our CHOICE.
We choose to follow Christ and obey, or we choose self to follow and obey.
We choose to put self aside and to forgive or we choose to embrace self and drink the poison of unforgiveness.
People are GOING to be abrasive, are going to be both intentionally and unintentionally hurtful. All people everywhere have a sin nature. What we choose to do creates either a future of hope or of pain and sorrow.
People today try to rewrite what they want the Bible to say. Word to the wise is Jesus warned against that. Twisting Scripture is NOT the work of the Holy Spirit. It's the work of Satan. Even if the so-called Church claims to be speaking in Jesus's name, if what is presented is twisted Scripture then its a false Church and what the Bible calls a Synagogue of Satan. You cannot rewrite what the Bible says is right and wrong. You cannot redefine marriage. You cannot say what is acceptable to God while His Word says clearly what is not. You cannot hold onto animosity and anger and expect God to forgive you. You cannot embrace angst and selfishness and expect God to bless you. You cannot hold to worldly philosophies of inclusion and diversity while it is against the teachings of God's Word. You cannot hold to incorrect teachings about places like Purgatory when the Bible says it doesn't exist. You cannot justify your position at the expense of Scripture.
You cannot claim to be a Child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ and not forgive those who trespass against you.
Look at your ideologies and your beliefs. My friend if you are holding to beliefs that are not taught in the Bible you need to fix that. Regardless of who the so-called preacher is there are unchanging certainties in the Bible. There's a specific list of people who will never see Heaven. There's a specific list who WILL see Hell. There's a specific need for Salvation. It's not a suggestion. There is a Day marked by God the Father for Christ's return. There ARE consequences to rejecting Christ Jesus. Your deeds done in the body you have been given WILL be reviewed by Jesus. Without Salvation in Christ you WILL NOT enter into Heaven. A marriage is defined by God as being between one man and one woman. No laws of man can change any of these things. Your hopes, wishes and good thoughts will never do anything to save you or help anyone else.
Your forgiving others or not forgiving others will put up a wall between you and God.
Scripture cannot be broken. Jesus said every single letter of it, every single inflection of every single word WILL come true to the glory of God the Father.
What lies Satan is saturating the world with. The lies of gender equality and identity. The lies about marriage. The lies of what the world says is or isn't morality.
You and only you will stand alone before Jesus to give an account of your life. No lawyers no public defender no Priest no Pastor will be with you. If you are breathing then you have hope to change your life to one of obedience to God.
Today you can let go of anger and resentment and forgive yourself and those who you have something against. Today quit fighting against God and embrace what His Word says.
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