Forgiveness

  1. In one bold stroke, forgiveness obliterates the past and permits us to enter the land of new beginnings. - From page 141 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  2. If there is a prodigal in your family, wait patiently while God works in his or her life to produce genuine repentance.  Be ready to fuel the flame of repentance with love and forgiveness when you see it flickering with life.  The smallest step in the right direction is a step toward God.  If God’s arms are open, so should ours be.  The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. - William Blake  - From page 69 of “turning Points with God” by David Jeremiah.
  3. Forgiveness does not  come easily to us, especially when someone we have trusted betrays our trust.  And yet if we do not learn to forgive, we will discover that we can never really rebuild trust. - From page 141 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  4. Proverbs 24:29 - "Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;  I will pay the man back for what he has done.”” - As for indulging in personal resentment, it is natural to say, "I 'll do to him as he has done to me; I' ll pay that man back for what he did." But do we dare to take the sword from God's hands and place ourselves on his tribunal? Vengeance belongs to the Lord. "Let wisdom and grace be set to work to extinguish the fire from hell, before it gets ahead" (Matthew Henry). Far sweeter will be the recollection of injuries forgotten than those we have taken revenge for. But grace alone can enable us to forgive from the heart. "The excellency of the duty laid down in Matthew 18:35 is sufficiently proclaimed by the difficulty of the practice. For how hard is it, when the passions are high, and the sense of injury strong, and the way of revenge possible, for a man to deny himself in that luscious morsel of revenge! To do violence to himself instead of doing it to his enemy!" (South). And yet too often the exercise of this duty is so feebly cherished that natural feelings gain the ascendancy. But the wise man sets out in this Book of Proverbs the true rule, which is enforced by the divine example. Humility and tenderness mark the self- knowing Christian, who forgives himself little, his neighbor much. - From commentary on Proverbs 24:28-29 from Crossway Commentary Classic Commentary - Proverb by Charles Bridges.
  5. When God forgives us and purifies us from sin, He also forgets it.  Forgiveness results in God dropping the charges against us. - From page 142 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  6. The sin of unforgiveness is a cancer that destroys relationships, eats away at one’s own psyce and, worst of all shuts us off from God’s grace. - Robertson McQuilkin
  7. Forgiveness is one of the most beautiful words in the human vocabulary.  How much pain and unhappy consequences would be avoided if we all learned the meaning of this word. - From page 142 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  8. We cannot ask forgiveness over and over again for our sins, and then return to our sins, expecting God to forgive us.  We must turn from our practice of sin as best as we know how, and turn to Christ by faith as our Lord and Savior. - From page 142 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  9. Protestant thought has always contended rightly that “the satisfaction of Christ is the only satisfaction for sin and is so perfect and final that it leaves no penal liability for any sin of the believer.” True, the believer often experiences chastisement for sins done in this life (though never in full measure to what he has deserved). But this is not satisfaction. It is discipline only; it is given to help us grow. Even in times of severe chastisement it is still true that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). - From commentary on John 19:30 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  10. When we sin, we must repent and return to the Lord. When we do, He forgives us and casts our sins into the depths of the sea.
    “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ep. 1:7).
    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9).
    “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn. 2:1-2).
    “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:18-19).  
    - From Thought 2 of the reading about Song of Solomon 6:2-13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  11. A deep conviction of unworthiness is necessary for us to serve the Lord. We must not measure ourselves against one another, for we are all of the same flesh and blood. We are all guilty of giving in to temptation, sinning through acts of commission or omission. Therefore, when we measure ourselves against one another, we are as good as everyone else. But to learn the truth about ourselves, we must measure ourselves against the Lord. When we see the Lord high and exalted, dwelling in the blazing holiness of His being, then we see the truth. We see just how far short of God’s glory we are, how terrible our sin is when contrasted with His perfection and glory (Ro. 3:23). The result of this comparison is just what we need: a deep conviction of sin and of unworthiness. Hence, we are driven—or should be driven—to seek forgiveness from the Lord, the only source of true forgiveness. And when the Lord pardons us, we are truly freed. Guilt is erased, and our spirits are set free from depression, 1, self-accusation, and the sense of failure. We are set free from the heavy weight of guilt that causes so many emotional problems, problems that far too often crush us and make us helpless, unable to function. Jesus Christ—He and He alone—can and will set us free if we will confess and repent of our sins. In addition, confession and repentance are absolutely essential before we can genuinely serve the Lord. 
    “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Ac. 3:19).
    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9).
    “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Pr. 28:13)
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    - From the Thought 1 reading from Isaiah 6:5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  12. The Lord had mercy upon the Egyptians. And He will have mercy upon any of us. But there is a condition: we must turn to the Lord, acknowledging Him as the only true Lord and Savior of the world. God loved the Egyptians, so He offered salvation to them. But He also loves us, so He offers salvation to all of us as well. However, when the gifts of God’s mercy and salvation are offered, we must reach out to take them. No matter who may offer us a gift, it never becomes ours until we reach out to receive it. So it is with the gifts of God’s mercy and salvation. We must reach out to receive them in order to be saved.
    According to the present Scripture, the majority of Egyptians will not turn to the Lord until the days of great tribulation come to earth. It will be the judgment, the terrible trials, that will arouse the majority of Egyptians to turn to the Lord, the only living and true God. But God forbid that we wait until judgment comes to turn to Him. God help us all to turn to Him now. For when the war machines of this earth mobilize and begin their attack, far too often the hand of death snatches us before we can do anything, much less cry out to God for deliverance. War or disease or accident or even murderers can snatch us away at any time. As we all know, the youngest among us are sometimes snatched out of this world by the hand of death. Time to cry out for salvation is not always available. Today—right now, in this moment—the hand of God’s mercy is extending the gift of salvation to us. But we must reach out to accept the gift in order to be saved. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about His mercy:

    “And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation” (Lu. 1:50).
    “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ep. 2:4-8).
    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Tit. 3:5-7).
    “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children” (Ps. 103:17).
    “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Ps. 106:1).
    “For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds” (Ps. 108:4).
    “The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes” (Ps. 119:64).
    “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (La. 3:22-23). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 19:16-25 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  13. God’s heart reaches out to all who reject and rebel against Him (v. 18). The Lord longs to show mercy. It is true that God is just, a God who will execute justice and judgment against all who continue in rebellion. But it is also true that He is a God of grace and compassion, a God who will show mercy to all who wait for Him. To wait for God means to trust Him for salvation and for deliverance from all the enemies and trials of life. - From the “3a” reading from Isaiah 30:18-33 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide