Does God Values Forgiveness?

Do you think God values forgiveness? You better believe it! It can be so difficult to forgive. There are too many ways that people can hurt one another. Abuse. Rape. Stealing. Murder, Cheating, Lying, Addictions, Racism, Sexism, etc., the list seems endless, and unforgivable.

Sometimes we may wonder, is there some sin that is just plain unforgivable? Maybe you’ve had that thought, “What they did to me is just too great to let go of!” How do you forgive the unforgivable?

Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided his clothes and cast lots.

It was as if Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them, for they need forgiveness so desperately. . . . Forgive them, for they have committed a sin that is wicked beyond all comprehension. . . . Forgive them, for they have committed a sin that is black beyond all their realization.

Even though crucifixion is perhaps the most humiliating and painful form of execution ever devised, Jesus offered no resistance and showed no resentment. He even prayed for those responsible for His death (Luke 23:34). His prayer did not automatically secure personal forgiveness for His enemies, but it did hold back the wrath of God for nearly forty years, and give the nation time to repent. Even after being given another chance, they did not repent. They did not receive the Word and even committed another murder when they stoned Stephen (Acts 7).

By | 2018-02-25T18:21:06+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: 7 Final Words, All|Tags: , |

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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