Giving and Receiving – Part 2

The good news is that God did not send Jesus to condemn us for our sins. The fact is that he has that authority to condemn anyone, but he chose to forgive us. In John 3:17 the Bible says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (KJV). This is good news to us because we now find salvation through the one only one who has had authority to condemn us to death, but instead chose to give us the gift of eternal life. This makes Jesus to be the most precious gift to all of us.

In our Christian life we line up with the same spirit of forgiveness. God is not in the state of being against us because of our sin. His hands are constantly outstretched toward us offering forgiveness. God’s forgiveness has power to change our life situations and all we have to do is to receive it. Jesus demonstrated this power when he forgave a man who was paralyzed and quickened his mortal body to health.

When we forgive those who trespass against us we line up with God will. God forgives and does not condemn us. He gives and does not withhold, therefore we are not supposed to withhold our forgiveness towards those we need to be forgiven by us. If you need to forgive then forgive, it is a gift that has benefits for you too. Go along with what God is doing and find grace in him. Line up with the same mind set. Forgive us God has forgiven you.

In Mark 2:10 -11 Jesus says, “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house” (KJV). Jesus has power to forgive our sins in real time and the change will always be evident. The paralyzed man walked after being forgiven and that was proof he has power to forgive. Your life will change after you are forgiven too. What happens when we forgive? When we forgive the same power that healed that paralyzed man also sets us free. Forgiveness sets us free from those who trespassed against us.

Not being able to forgive creates the bondage of sin, but forgiveness sets people free. That is the reason why the Bible in John 8:36 says “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (KJV). When you are forgiven it means you can no longer be a slave to sin. You are then no longer under the control of the power of sin. This is how we submit ourselves under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Jesus should not just be our Savior, but our Lord too. There has to be things in our lives that reveal what we are made of. That is  the fruit in our life of faith in Christ. It comes out of our closer walk with Christ.

Forgiveness helps to dismiss the impact of thoughts that might want to influence our minds in a negative way. If there is something God has given us together with Christ we should also freely give it out to others and one of those things is forgiveness. We should freely give it out as we have freely received it. It is a gift.