End of blame ( forgiveness ) is the miracle of a fresh start, a new beginning, a second chance. Genesis 50: 17-21 ” ….You shall tell Joseph, now please forgive the disobedience of your brothers, and their sin, because they did evil to you. Now, please forgive the disobedience of the servants of the God of your Father. Joseph wept when they spoke to him… ” Already on Mount Sinai God revealed himself as a God who delights in forgiving sins. Because of his compassion, love, grace and mercy. However, last Saturday’s White nationalist, supremacist and Noe-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, poured an outreach of anger, hate & a sense of revenge in the so-called ” civilized world “. Surely because of the ” Breaking news ” there has never been a better time for us to revisit this kind of teaching ( God’s love, compassion & mercy ). Take a look around, and assumed that the unfortunate and bloody event of Charlottesville, is just a drop of water in the “ ocean of anger & intolerance “; beaten, bruised, and bloodied people aren’t hard to find. In fact, the abundance of needs in today’s world at large, can be paralyzing. The landscape is strewn with the carnage of suffering, and the call of Jesus goes out to his followers – Luke 10: 37 ” You go and do likewise. “
God offers pardon for our sins by putting them out of sight, out of reach, out of mind and out of existence – Matthew 6: 12-15 ” ….For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. ” Christ’s spilling of his blood on the cross, indicate by the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, was the final and ultimate sacrifice, where Jesus took all our sin – all the selfishness, the hatred, the deceit, the pride – and nailed them to the cross so that those who believe might be declared innocent and free from sin‘s controlling power. Micah 7: 19 ” He will again have compassion on us. He will tread our iniquities under foot; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. “
The Bible clearly tells us that if we confess our sins, acknowledging our offense ( fault ) and our responsibility, God can be counted on to forgive ( confession of sin: Psalm 32:5) – Mark 11: 25 ” Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions. ” The Bible goes on to remind us that those whose lives have been changed by the power of forgiveness must respond by holding out the hand of a new beginning to any who have sinned against them – Romans 6: 20 ” For when you were servants of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. ” We must be people who have learned to freely forgive as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ did by laying his life, when you and I were sinners.
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