Our gift from God
By Cheryll White
Brothers and sisters, never limit God’s forgiveness to you. His forgiveness and longsuffering have no limits. Jesus told, His disciples: “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:4 KJV).
Can you believe that? Seven times in a day this person willfully sins before your very eyes, right in your face, then says, “Oh please forgive me, I’m sorry.” And the Word of God says I am to forgive him, as often as he or she asks. How much more will our heavenly Father forgive His children who come to Him with a heart of repentance?
Forgiveness is our gift from God to one another, because God has forgiven us every time we’ve asked. It is so strange to me how people that need forgiveness most, are the very ones who choose not to forgive others. What if God was that way? Don’t stop to reason it out. Don’t ask how or why He forgives so freely—simply accept it. Jesus did not say, “Forgive your brother once or twice, then tell him to go and sin no more. Or tell him that if he ever does it again, he will be cut off, nor tell him he is a habitual, hopeless sinner.” No! Jesus called for unlimited, no-strings-attached forgiveness!
It is God’s nature to forgive. David said, “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee” (Psalm 86:5 KJV).
God is waiting, right now, to flood your being with the joy of forgiveness. You need only to open up all doors and windows of your soul and allow His Spirit to flood you with forgiveness.
“…And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 2:1, 1:9 KJV)