PRAYING SCRIPTURE, SET III, 14.11.19

PRAYING SCRIPTURE re FORGIVENESS, 14.11.19

There are few topics less in need of elaboration or explanation than the matter of forgiveness. God’s Word clearly requires God’s people to forgive. Yet it remains one of the most difficult commandments for believers to follow successfully.

Issues of offendedness and unforgiveness are rampant amongst God’s people.

We are commanded by God’s Word to forgive, as many times as necessary; and it is non-negotiable. Much like the command to love, it is a choice one needs to make in order to be obedient, to keep right standing before God. Forgiveness in no way sanctions the unjust or the unjust behaviour which was offensive, whether a betrayal, violent, criminal, or other unfair, hurtful act. 

We are instructed to forgive, for our own wellbeing. 

Forgiveness prevents us from coming under a curse; forgiveness is healing, and prevents bitterness from forming roots which cause great damage in relationships. We need to forgive so that “no bitter root springs up and causes trouble, and by it many be defiled” (Heb.12:15). Unforgiveness is a poison to the system; it pollutes every aspect of soul and body. Many physiological symptoms, like eating & sleep disorders are triggered by the bitter roots underlying unforgiveness.  Much emotional disorder, such as depression, explosiveness/lashing out, mental health issues, dysfunctional relationship patterns, anxiety/stress disorder are rooted in underlying unforgiveness/grudge-bearing,festering deep within.

Forgiveness is a choice, of course; and will only occur by an act of will. We must have the desire, and act on the will to surrender our grievance to the Father; and thus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we become free from any bondage to bitterness, unforgiveness, grudge-bearing, anger/rage, and all the emotions that accompany this state. 

The following passages have been selected on the basis of their mandate and role in teaching forgiveness.

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MATTHEW 6:

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 

15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

MATTHEW 18:

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

LUKE 6:

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you

JOHN 13:

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 

35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

ROMANS 12:

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 

16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 

18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 

19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I CORINTHIANS 11:

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 

29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 

30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 

31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 

32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord,

HEBREWS 12:

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 

15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

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