Some more thoughts on forgiveness and starting at the beginning: Jesus made the extreme sacrifice when, after coming to earth as a human being, he willingly suffered and was crucified so that all people could be forgiven of sin, rather than having to face ultimate destruction. We must be forgiving as God forgives us, otherwise none would be found innocent. Our forgiving others represents the forgiveness of Jesus. Those who come before God with forgiving others represents the forgiveness of Jesus. Those who come before God with unforgiven sin will be sentenced by him.
Jesus and his painful sacrifice is the first and main reason we meet together as the “body of Christ.” The bread and wine, common items always available in some form, tell others about and remind ourselves that it’s all because of the love of Jesus that we obtain Divine forgiveness and can look forward to eternal life. We must never forget we are bought with a price, and what a great price it was. Some say that taking communion too often causes it to become routine, that it loses its significance.
I would say it is sin which has become routine in our lives and hearts and all sin is ultimately against God. It is sin which we have been brainwashed to consider insignificant, but the blood of Jesus will never lose its power. In these circumstances, how could you possibly think too much about your freedom from sin because of Jesus?
To close, I believe the way to forgive is to act toward someone who has wronged you just as you would act if he was innocent, as much as you can. It’s the same way with love; God’s instructions do not focus on your feelings, but rather on your actions. Your actions are where your choices are. God says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. He will be reading the thoughts and intentions of your heart.
Jennie is a long-time resident of Fredericktown, an eclectic gatherer of stories, information, and experiences to share with whoever would like to read them. She can be reached at 573-783-6721 or by mail at 2040 Hwy 00; Fredericktown, MO 63645