"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
(Luke 6:37 KJV)
"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing."
(1 Peter 3:9 KJV)
Jesus, the Son of Our Awesome God, passionately taught us to forgive others, to let go, to let Him handle it. He wants us to be at peace and for that to happen, anger must be replaced by forgiveness.
A few years ago, Christianity Today featured a cover story entitled, “The Forgiveness Factor: Social Scientist discover the power of a Christian virtue” (January 10, 2000). In it, they discussed how researchers have discovered the importance of forgiveness. What was most interesting was that they had come to the conclusion that the one who does the forgiving is the one who benefited the most. Jesus has been telling us this since He was on earth as a human in 33 AD and now scientists admit it.
Forgiving others is a commandment because stored anger often turns to bitterness. Not forgiving others is a sin. Our Awesome God will not forgive us if we do not forgive others (Mark 11:26).
Therefore, as Our Awesome God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12-13). Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Forgiving is necessary if you want to be at peace with God and yourself. The consequences of not forgiving others is not good for you and usually ends in you becoming bitter. Our Judge told us what we should do when He was on earth. It will not be easy but it is worth all our effort to forgive others. Our Awesome God will take care of revenge or consequences. It is God's job not ours to give judgment and sentence because He knows all things and is just. Our job is to obey and forgive others. Read Numbers 14:19-20, Matthew 5:23-24, Luke 17:3-4, and John 8:7. See you in heaven if not before!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. Wednesday we have Prayer Requests and Bible Study at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill