November 20, 2014
Can anyone say anything good about snow? The Bible does of course in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”
Welcome to the snow ready or not, I wanted to arm you with a scripture so that you don’t curse the snow but to remember how blessed we are with the forgiveness of sins.
This week let me share a few thoughts on the “Business of Forgiveness”, I say business because it is all about transactions. The Lord ’s Prayer states, “forgive us our trespasses, (or some translations say debts), even as we forgive others their trespasses”. Forgiveness is a legal term – if someone trespasses, a law has been broken either forgiveness or you will have to face the penalty of the debt. The devil is the attorney from hell who wants to prosecute you to the full extent of the law.
Colossians 3:13 gives us several principles of forgiveness.
”bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”
Bearing with one another: to endure, “to put up with someone”. This phrase is dealing with present offenses as opposed to past offenses. Everyone makes mistakes, and when mistakes are made we must bear with the person who makes them. To err is human and to forgive is divine. The term, “one another”, is dealing with other believers, and the need of bearing with others is so necessary in the church because people think that Christians are supposed to know better, and that is why so many in the church get offended, “High expectations”.
Forgiving one another is dealing with past offenses. Jesus said in Matthew 18 that we should forgive someone 70 X 7, or as often as necessary. Past offenses is important business, vengeance is mine says the Lord, I will repay—no one gets away with anything. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19
How should you forgive? In the same way that Jesus forgave you, it a pretty simple principle. Forgiveness is God’s business and if you want to walk before God correctly you need to walk in forgiveness as a lifestyle of faith.
So be about your Heavenly Father’s Business this week.