Serious Business 12 August So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, I repent, forgive him.
My forgiving someone doesnt have anything to do with what that person did or didnt do to me. I forgive them because of the blood. God honored the blood and forgave me in the face of my sin, so even as He has forgiven me, I forgive you. For me not to forgive would be to dishonor that blood. This is serious business were talking about here! When you dishonor the blood of Jesus, youre stepping out from under its protective covering into the devils territory. Youre stepping out into darkness where he can get a shot at you. I dont know about you, but I dont want to go out there. I dont care what anyone may do to me, I wont let their mistreatment of me push me out into darkness. No, Ill just honor the blood, forgive them and keep right on walking in the light. If someone hits me on the cheek, Ill just do what Jesus said: forgive and turn the other cheek. Some people think if you do that, youll get the daylights beaten out of you. But theyre wrong. If you keep your faith up, when you turn the other cheek, God will protect you from the one whos trying to hit you. I know of a preacher who experienced that. He was witnessing to a member of a New York street gang who was threatening him with a knife. Instead of fighting back, the preacher just kept telling him Jesus loved him. The guy kept swinging that knife, trying to cut that preacher, but every time he tried, a force he couldnt see would stop him. He literally couldnt touch him. As a result, that gang member fell down on his knees, received Jesus and today he is one of the most outstanding evangelists in the world! Listen, my friend, forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces in existence! To walk in forgiveness is to walk in victory.Job 35-36; Revelation 17I honor the blood of Jesus by choosing to forgive; therefore, I walk in victory and power. Luke 17:3-4; Revelation 1:5
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:9-14