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September 12th, 2011 | Filed Under: Author, Forgiveness, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies3 Comments | Author:

By Mitch Kuhn

How important is forgiving others? Christ tell us in Matthew 18 that if we do not forgive others, then we will not be forgiven. Not forgiving others causes great bitterness to develop within, and prevents us from loving God, our neighbors and especially our enemies.

Through looking at the story of Joseph and many other scriptures, this study will reveal that the key to forgiveness is realizing God is causing everything to work together for good. An unforgiving heart is really a probelm between you and God, not other people. Lord willing these scriptures will help set you free from bondage to bitterness and increase your ability to love God and others more.

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  • MitchellKuhn

    Hello JCC,

    Good question. Let me start by saying that when we are seeking to know the truth we must consider the sum of God’s word and trust what he says, not our own understanding.

    (Psa 119:160 ESV) *The sum of your word is truth,* and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

    (Pro 3:5 ESV) *Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.*
    (Pro 3:6 ESV) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

    With that being said, let’s consider the scriptures on the matter. Here in 1 John we are told that we must confess our sins if we are to be forgiven.

    (1Jn 1:8 NKJV) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    (1Jn 1:9 NKJV) *If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.*
    (1Jn 1:10 NKJV) If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

    Here in Luke we are also told that repentance is necessary for forgiveness.
    (Luk 17:3 ESV) Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, *and if he repents, forgive him,*
    (Luk 17:4 ESV) and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, s*aying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.*

    God’s objective is to teach us to be obedient children, and that requires discipline. Therefore, he gives us specific instruction about what to do when someone sins against us and does not repent.

    (Heb 12:5 NKJV) And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “MY SON, DO NOT DESPISE THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD, NOR BE DISCOURAGED WHEN YOU ARE REBUKED BY HIM;
    (Heb 12:6 NKJV) FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
    (Heb 12:7 NKJV) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
    (Heb 12:8 NKJV) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

    (Mat 18:15 ESV) “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
    (Mat 18:16 ESV) But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
    (Mat 18:17 ESV) *If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.*

    We are to purge the evil from among us because it will leaven the whole lump. This is why Paul told the Corinthians to turn the fornicator in their midst over to Satan…that he be saved!

    (1Co 5:4 ESV) When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
    (1Co 5:5 ESV) you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

    Most translations say “may be saved” but in the Greek it is saying that it will happen absolutely.

    Here is a verse that is often misunderstood.

    (Luk 23:34 NKJV) Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

    Christ understood that those that were crucifying and persecuting him were spiritually blind and deaf and were incapable at that time of repenting.
    (Joh 12:39 NKJV) * Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:*
    (Joh 12:40 NKJV) “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HARDENED THEIR HEARTS, LEST THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, LEST THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEARTS AND TURN, SO THAT I SHOULD HEAL THEM.”

    Christ’s prayer will be answered and those that persecuted Christ and killed him will be forgiven in due time, because there is an order in which men are saved.

    (1Co 15:22 NKJV) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
    (1Co 15:23 NKJV) * But each one in his own order:* Christ the firstfruits, afterward those *who are* Christ’s at His coming.

    One day everyone will have to give an account of their actions to God and they will confess their sins and be forgiven.

    (Rom 14:11 NKJV) For it is written: “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.”
    (Rom 14:12 NKJV) So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
    This study demonstrates how all men will be forgiven: http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-03/salvation-of-all/

    This study explains how we are to correct one another: http://tryingthespirits.com/2013-11/correction-within-the-body-of-christ-part-1/
    I hope this helps,

    Mitch

  • JCC

    Thank you for your response. Now I understand the parable “.. A little leaven leaves the whole lump…” In Him,
    ….
    Janice

  • MitchellKuhn

    Great! You’re welcome .

    Mitch Kuhn
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