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Forgiveness leads to Him

Posted by appolus on April 27, 2008

He who forgives not is not forgiven, and the prayer of the
Pharisee is as the weary beating of the surf of hell, while the
cry of a soul out of its fire sets the heart-strings of Love
trembling.
… George Macdonald (1824-1905), Sir Gibbie [1879]

FORGIVENESS LEADS TO HIM

 

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

What a powerful and emphatic statement. You will notice that there is no ambiguity, its stated, by Jesus, in the most simplest of ways.

Jesus, nearing His end, washed the feet of the disciples. This was a common practice of courtesy in those days, performed by the lowest servant. People’s feet would get very dirty because of the sandals that they wore. Peter, never quite seeming to get it right, or he does get it right then goofs, says to Jesus that he will not allow Him to wash his feet, trying to elevate the Lord when the Lord had not come to teach men how to elevate themselves or others, but He came to teach humility and meekness.

How many of us know that men already knew how to elevate themselves? This was not the problem of the world, sin was. Jesus says to Peter that if he will not allow Him to wash his feet then he can have no part with him. Wow, even at this point of the Lord’s ministry, He says to Peter that he could not be part of the kingdom if he does now allow Him to wash his feet. Peter, in his usual enthusiasm, says to the Lord to wash not only his feet but all of Him.

Again Peter has put his foot(his dirty one) in his mouth. People who genuinely know Jesus do not have to be born again every other month, they have already been washed in the Blood of the Lamb, and, just as when you drink living water and never thirst again, when you are cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb, then you never have to be “saved,” again.

What is required, is that we come before the Lord, every day, and have the dirt of the world washed from our feet. If we refuse to do that, then men will see that our feet are unwashed and we bring dishonor to God. Are your feet unwashed today? Is there someone that you refuse to forgive? Do you really want to excuse yourself from being a useful servant to the Lord here on earth? Do you want to bring honor to Him? Do you want to hear the words “Well done good and faithful servant?” Do you want to quench the “presence” of the living God from your life?

Perhaps you would say “Well you do not know what has been done to me.” I know this, I know what was done to the Lord Jesus on our behalf. Have you suffered as He did? Were you despised and rejected, humiliated, tortured and killed? Have you suffered as Joseph suffered, thrown to his certain death by his brothers? Imprisoned for many years being completely innocent and after all that being able to say “What you have meant for evil, the Lord has meant for good.” He was able to save many and comfort those who would have surely starved, including his guilty brothers, because he forgave.

What about Hosea? Have you suffered as he suffered? He had to stand by as his wife was unfaithful to him. Imagine the love of Hosea as he watches from the shadows and sees the wretched state of his wife as she lives with another man. Imagine the love that it takes for him to give this man nice clothes for his wife, unknown to her. Remember Hosea’s stature. He was a Prophet of God and the antics of his wife would have brought public humiliation to him.

Then his wife ends up in the pagan temple as a prostitute, involved in all manner of debauchery. After she was used up and emaciated, she is discarded as so much garbage and ends up in the town square, for sale, as a slave. As she stood there, naked, emaciated, beyond any hope of redemption, Hosea enters the square. A hush comes over the crowd. He is surely there to kill her. Not one person in all Israel would have blinked an eye when he struck her down. As all eyes are on him, he reached into his pocket, and he pulls out 30 shekels of silver(the value of one half homer of barley and fifteen shekels of silver) He has come , not to destroy his wife, but to redeem her. This is the love of God, where judgment is expected, then mercy is received. “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice.”(Hos 6:6)

Who do you know that deserves your judgment? Yet, just as you were redeemed from the market place, so the Lord would have you redeem them with the price of your love, with the gift of your mercy, with the beauty of your grace, the same grace that you yourself have been redeemed by. Forgive this day, brothers and sisters, and the presence of the Lord and the beauty of His balm of Gilead will overwhelm you and all that receive your love and forgiveness.

He who forgives not is not forgiven, and the prayer of the
Pharisee is as the weary beating of the surf of hell, while the
cry of a soul out of its fire sets the heart-strings of Love
trembling.
… George Macdonald (1824-1905), Sir Gibbie [1879]

5 Responses to “Forgiveness leads to Him”

  1. […] admin wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptAgain Peter has put his foot(his dirty one) in his mouth. People who genuinely know Jesus do not have to be born again every other month, they have already been washed in the Blood of the Lamb, and, just as when you drink living water … […]

  2. timbob said

    Greetings. I must get back here to read this in full as I’m currently running to and fro, but I can see by scimming that I’ll probably be linking to it. The connection between our forgiveness and our forgiving others is very noteworthy. I’ll try to be back later today.

  3. appolus said

    Thanks for dropping by Timbob, I think you have rightly identified the connection……………Frank

  4. Ren said

    Hello and thank-you for this wonderful truth, right from our Lord. We all need to search our hearts and to pray about this. God Bless you and thank you for your Ministry. Good News, keep us informed through words of life. Ren

  5. appolus said

    This is indeed a wonderful truth and no mere theory to me. I myself was forgiven of so much, it is inconceivable that I would not, in return, forgive others. As much as my flesh often screams out for justice, I will say, as an act of my will and obedience to the Lords commands, “no, flesh, you shall be denied the justice that you cry out for. For my spirit has been redeemed and justified, and as a matter of sanctification, I will abdicate my right to satisfaction and put justice into the Holy Hands of my God.” For it is there that it belongs and justice is His and the rewards of mercy and forgiveness are mine, the rewards of peace and love and Joy and a sound mind………..Frank

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