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10 December, 2010 / theexpositor

More on Forgiveness….

This excerpt comes from a message by Dr. John MacArthur titled The Childlikeness of Believers: Granting Forgiveness. The audio, video and transcript are available for free at the Grace to You website, www.gty.org.

 

Forgiveness is critical in our lives. In fact, every violated relationship that is ultimately ended is ultimately ended not because of the violation but because of the unwillingness to forgive. You can recover from any violation, from any breach if you forgive. But when there will never be a reconciliation, it will be so because someone will not forgive.

Among those who are Christians in the fellowship of God’s people, this is absolutely unacceptable. Unforgiveness is a serious sin

So never are you more like the Lord then when you forgive. Forgiveness is critical to the life of the people of God at every level, marriage, family, all relationships and the life of the church. What has kept this church together all these years in this amazing and remarkable unity? It’s not that we’re a perfect people…far from it. It’s not that you have perfect leaders…far from it. It is that we are eager to forgive. This is a reconciling community. This is a group of people who embrace and forgive and forget and set aside. We treat each other like children. We care for each other like children, protect each other like children, discipline each other like children and we forgive each other like children. Frankly, I’m convinced that on the one side paradoxically this is not a good place to sin because you’re probably going to get confronted. But paradoxically on the other side, this is the best place to sin because when you repent this congregation is most likely to embrace you in forgiveness and love. That’s what we’ve been called to do as children of God.

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One Comment

  1. Ron Hongsermeier / Dec 11 2010 4 20

    Dear Mike,
    I have to disagree with part of the first paragraph.

    “In fact, every violated relationship that is ultimately ended is ultimately ended not because of the violation but because of the unwillingness to forgive.”

    In fact, every violated relationship that is ultimately ended has at least two possible grounds: 1. unwillingness to repent
    AND / OR
    2. unwillingness to forgive.

    Even God doesn’t forgive those who remain unrepentant. Reference Peter’s answer to the first big question by unbelievers in church history: What shall we do?
    Answer, if you’ve been pierced to the heart, repent and be baptised!

    cf 2 Cor. 7:10

    Indeed, John seems to contradict himself at least in the kernel of thought at the end about their church being a bad place to sin because you will be confronted and constrained to repent.

    If you do you should be met with forgiveness.

    regards,
    Ron

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