Forgiveness

Christ gave His life so that our sins might be forgiven. But forgiveness was an important part of a godly life even in the Old Testament. It was important for the prophets to teach forgiveness from God as an example of how we were to have lived. (Dan 9:9) (Eph 5:1) The Pharisees were against Jesus because they were stiff-necked and wouldn’t believe He was the Messiah. (John 10:31-33) But Christ knew what had to be done to fulfill the prophesy, and even while hanging on the cross asked the Father forgiveness for them. (Luke 23:34)

God wants us to be righteous, and to be righteous we must be willing to forgive, unconditionally so that we might be sanctified to Him. There is no “but” involved in this. We mustn’t judge others in our course until we, ourselves, can be called righteous. (John 7:24) (Matt 7:3-5)  An unforgiving spirit is an angry, bitter spirit. (Eph 4:31-32) Jesus, as a part of His many teachings, focused heavily on forgiveness. (Matt 5:43-48) He taught if a dispute arises between us, we should be quick to resolve the matter and then “forgive and forget” it before we can be reconciled to God. (Matt 5:23-26)

What will happen when you leave this life? Will you take with you, damaged, the ONLY thing you can take with you – an unforgiving spirit? Christ loved us so that He gave His life for us so that we may be forgiven. (1 John 3:16) We should certainly follow His lead!

Trust Therefore Hope

If we are truly faithful we will trust the Lord in every aspect of our lives.  Sometimes we ponder our trials and whether God is there, watching over us.  He is there.  But you’re saying “How can I know He’s there?  This is such a difficult time for me.  Why would he put me through this?”

We cannot completely understand how God works. (Isaiah 55:8)  We must simply trust that His unyielding Grace will, in His time, comfort us. (Prov 3:5) (Psalm 46:10) (Psalm 23) (2 Corin 1:3-4) (Psalm 69:13) (Eccl 3:17)
So if we trust God and His timing we must have hope for our futures.  What more blessing could anyone ask?

Faith

Are you a “good” person? Maybe you do many good deeds for others and keep the Commandments as worldly truths but if you do not believe in God the Father and Christ His only Son, who gave His life to pay our sin debt, in full, then you have no way to protect yourself from the evil one. (Mark 10:17-31) (Matthew 10:33)
While God cannot look upon sin, “…for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Deut 5:9-10) Christ, His Son,  gave His life that we may look upon God some day. (John 3:16)

So, then, remember that all the good deeds in the world will not buy your way into the Kingdom of Heaven. Christ and ONLY Christ can pay that bill.