Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Some Thoughts on Forgiveness

The next time you think that you can never forgive someone for the awful things they put you through.

And you think “I wouldn’t want to be in heaven with them!”

Remember this:

From the cross, Jesus spoke these words “Father forgive them, for they do not understand what they are doing” (Luke 23:34)

It is clear that many of those who heard Peter preach at Pentecost were the very crowd who cried “Crucify Him.” Or is it possible that in the crowd were some of the Pharisees who were in the Sanhedrin the night Jesus was condemed; the ones  who punched Jesus in the face (see Matthew 26:67 & Mark 14:65). It seems from history that many of the Pharisees were among the first Christians, and were a large part of the early church (Remember Nicodemus).

“What can we do to be saved!” they cried.

Peter said “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins…” (Acts 2:38)

These same people who cried for Jesus’ crucifixion are in heaven with Him.

God gives forgiveness.

God is the one saving.

God is the one doing the changing...renewing hearts and minds.( see Romans 12:2)

Remember “…that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” (1Timothy 1:15) And who said that?

...and how many years did it take him to get squared away in his mind?
(Acording to the records, somewhere around 14 years!)

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