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The Bible Teaches Forgiveness


"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Lk.23:34).

There are probably dozens of reasons why forgiving is a good practice, none of which are better than how it is attached to the scriptures. Today's verse tells me that Christ's words on the cross sets an example that demands us to be forgiving people. Jesus's words in what we have come to know as The Golden Rule also requires it. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," strongly infers that we would want those we sin against to be forgiving. We obviously ought to forgive those who sin against us because its not much of a golden rule if it doesn't cut both ways... The churches, like the one at Colosse, taught forgiveness... "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another, Forgive as the Lord forgave you" (3:13-14). That's a powerful message... Love requires that we forgive..."Love is patient, love is kind, it does not boast, it is not proud" (1 Cor.13:4). Does the person who loves like this sound like someone that won't forgive? "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Pet.4:8). Does a person who loves his brothers deeply sound like someone who won't forgive? Finally, the seeking of peace requires that we are forgiving people. "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification" (Rom.14:19). I hope you agree with this... Unforgiveness promotes strife and even bitterness, but forgiveness makes for peace and pleasantness.... Jesus set the bar very high for us when it comes to having a forgiving spirit, and the apostles followed suit in their writings. The scriptures teach us to forgive....

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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