Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

More on Forgiving

The two great virtues of God expressed to man are the love of the Father and the humility of the Son. These both had their ultimate expression in the cross. The cross was for the forgiveness of sins. The one common denomination in man is sin and sins. The cross took care of both sin and sins.

When we have received the forgiveness of sin we are given these two virtues and commanded to use them toward brothers, neighbors, and enemies with forgiveness from the heart. The above statements are based on the assumption that you know the scripture and recognize that this is self evident.

God is not a man that he should repent. Therefore, we cannot imitate God in repentance. We can and must imitate God in forgiveness.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 4:32-5:1-2

Not forgiving is a great hindrance to fellowship. Not forgiving is deliberately withholding fellowship from the sinner after God has restored him to fellowship with himself.

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