Crumbs – Unforgiveness, Part Two

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” I Thessalonians 5:24

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15.

Our unforgiving spirit places us in bondage to our own sin, as well as the other person’s. There is no peace or freedom for the impure or unforgiving heart. ELW

                                         

“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”   Psalm 32:3-5

There’s boundless peace for the heart set free to forgive, and to be forgiven. ELW

                                                                       

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

                                                         

“Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.” Corrie Ten Boom, survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust

“We forgive by faith out of obedience. Since forgiveness goes against our nature, we must forgive by faith, whether we feel like it or not. We must trust God to do the work in us that needs to be done so that the forgiveness will be complete.” Mary Fairchild

                                                                                     

“’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”  Isaiah 1:18

 “. . . the phrase ‘come now’ is an invitation for these people to ‘walk with the Lord.’ He is not inviting them to a debate. He is not opening the matter up to negotiations. He is inviting them to come to His way of thinking. He is inviting them to agree with Him, Amos 3:3. He is giving them an opportunity to say, ‘You are right and we are wrong. We are sorry and we are ready to go your way.’”    Alan Carr

 “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to?” Amos 3:3

                                        

“If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.” Psalm 130:3-4 

                                                                                                     

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

                                                                                            

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” Oswald Chambers

                                                                                  

“In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”  Ephesians 1:7-8

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

                                                  

 In John 13:6-10, Jesus speaks to Peter about washing his feet. “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean . . . “ It stands to reason. He speaks of a bath as His initial forgiveness of sins. The washing of the feet is the cleansing of our daily sins on a need-to basis. ELW

                                                           

“Love may be defined as a steadfast commitment to always be and do what is right for the objects of that love—to faithfully do what is in their best interest. The term right may be understood to mean: whatever brings a person closer to God either now or is working toward that end.” Greg Herrick

                                                                   

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