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Obeying this command will give us favor with God and will open the door of Blessings.  Let us go out and practice forgiveness today and every day.


Ayodele Mobolurin
Minister
Apostolic Faith Church
Washington, DC
Practical Christianity

Minister Ayodele Mobolurin

Practice Forgiveness: A Powerful Tool to Open the Door of God's Blessings

 
 

The goal of forgiveness is restoration. Restoration of your peace of mind and restoration of a broken relationship. The second goal may not be possible, because the other party does not want to put away the contention. However, the first is achievable, since it depends only on one party to the contentious issue. Forgiveness is a powerful tool for restoring your peace of mind.  You are at peace even with those that consider you an enemy. The scripture commands forgiveness 

Matthew 6: 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Mathew 6: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Roman 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

 

These passages make it clear that to receive anything from God we must forgive.  God gives us no option. We have no luxury of making pre-conditions before we can forgive our fellow human being.  God requires repentance from us, for us to be forgiven but we cannot require repentance or even any act of contrition from those who offend us, no matter how great the offense. Remember God's  requirement of repentance from us, is for our own good so that our conscience may be clear and we may not be taken advantage of by Satan, who is always ready to bring any accusation about us to God.

 

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

Satan can bring an accusation, but God will give evidence of our justification, in the power of the sacrifice of His Son on the cross and His Resurrection.  God can place a requirement for our forgiveness, because he first extended His Mercy to us even when we rejected it.

 

Romans 5: 88  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  11And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

 

Forgiveness is not easy, but it is powerful. It can be done if the love of Christ is in our hearts. Jesus, forgave  His enemies, even as they were nailing him to the cross. Stephen forgave his enemies even as they were stoning him to death.  The scripture says forgiveness is possible even in extreme circumstances.

 

Philippians 4: 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

 Obeying this command will give us favor with God and will open the door of Blessings.  Let us go out and practice forgiveness today and every day.

 

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