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February 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Forgiveness:    1) The act of forgiving.     Forgive:    1) To excuse for a fault or offense; pardon.   2)  To renounce anger or resentment against; cease to blame.   3)  To absolve from payment of.

I think one of, IF NOT THE, most important characteristic of a Christian is the ability to forgive.  It can also be one of the most difficult of the Godly characteristics to attain and maintain.

It is human nature to hold onto resentments and anger.  Someone does us wrong (they will, and often it is a brother or sister in the Lord), and we will remember it for the rest of our lives...unless we give it all to God.  Even then, much of the time we still remember it because the devil loves to bring it up.  But when we can recall an incident without feeling the old hurt and anger, then we know that the Lord has worked a miracle in our lives and given us the true ability to forgive and go on.

Why is it so important to forgive?  Very simple!!   For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  Matthew 6:14-15.

I remember a particularly difficult person that I had to deal with years ago.  One night in prayer, this person's face came before me.  Immediately, I could feel the resentment.  I started to pray for this lady, but I was having difficulty.  Finally, I just said; "Lord, I know I've got to pray for her without feeling resentment toward her.  But in my heart, I don't want to pray for her.  I don't want to forgive her, so please help me!  Please forgive me, and put forgiveness in my heart; I want to be saved!!  And I want to be able to pray for her effectively!!  God started a healing process that night.

Keeping old hurts and anger will do one thing to you, it will fester into a hideous, soul destroying,  mass of evil that will spread throughout your spiritual being like a deadly cancer.

I think one reason it is so hard to be forgiving is that we set such a high standard FOR OTHERS.  The Bible tells us that every man is right in his own eyes.  It is hard for us to see or understand the other side of the picture; so we blame and accuse, become angry and resentful, and then we have a real problem on our hands.  There is scripture for that too:  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Luke 6:41

Not only did the Lord sufficiently explain the fact theat we must be forgiving, He also pointed out that we must be willing and able to forgive a person 70 X 7 for the same offense!  Matthew 18:21-22

I am reminded of the story about the woman caught in the act of adultery.  The scribes and pharisees brought her to Jesus.  According to the law, she should have been stoned.  Jesus did not dispute the law, He just simply told them that whoever was without sin, let him cast the first stone.  You know what happened, they all went away.  Perhaps one of them was a partaker in her sins, perhaps not, whatever the case, no one there was without sin except Jesus Christ!  And He forgave her!  He told her to go and sin no more.  See what wonderful things the spirit of forgiveness can do!  Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.  Luke 6:37

When it boils down to it, we're all just humans.  Humans make mistakes.  Some have more difficulty conquering their nature than others.  Does that give us the right to criticize and condemn?  No!  A thousand times No!  It means we must pray for them, and forgive them.   70 X 7...


11-08-2019 at 11:55 AM
Jerry alvey @ dependable
I thought you all would appreciate that what the devil has stolen (your van) is now back in the hands of a Christian & is ready to go back to work in His Kingdom...........................
10-31-2018 at 1:33 PM
Donna Hancock
Adam, I am sorry you have had problems, and of course, you are welcome to come to NewSong Apostolic Church any time. We are a very small church, but we are a loving church. Hope to see you soon!!

Nashoba & Nevada are two of our grandsons.
10-10-2018 at 5:05 PM
Adam Streeter
I know of this church because of the fact that Nashoba Aquino and his younger brother Nevada go here. I would like to meet with them sometime, maybe I WAS attending Tulsa Lighthouse Church for like four years until i quit coming. I don't know why they would want me to come back if i don't want to. And further more God is a Gentleman and he doth not force himself upon ANYONE. HONESTLY!!!!!!! If i want to quit coming to church that's on me. They can decide for themselves and not have any kind of way of putting up with ME. i THINK I'D RATHER GO TO A DIFFERENT CHURCH then be with THEM. NO more of me coming to Tulsa Lighthouse Church EVER, again. And i'm sorry if anyone is offended by this matter. But I'm not coming back to that church. I mean i would like to come to NewSong sometime and see what IT feels like. Then maybe, if i like it i'll come. If not, I'm not coming to church at ALL. Period I'm not mad. I'm just Saying.
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