Instant Forgiveness

(Does that come in a sachet?)

...As we forgive those who sin against us.

Instant forgiveness means we can’t verbally bash the person who sins against us, bcos we have forgiven them the instant they sin against us.

Delayed forgiveness means we can verbally bash them, and then forgive them later.

Which is right?

5 Responses to “Instant Forgiveness”

  1. mkayla Says:

    hehe. I like the second, but it is the wrong one. Sometimes it does take time to forgive, but it isn’t permission to bash the person in the interim.

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Yes sister, true, it does sometimes take time to forgive, and the time it takes to forgive should be getting shorter and shorter as we grow in Christ. It should be instant, that is, if we are expecting God to instantly forgive us.

  3. mkayla Says:

    Yes, less of me, more of Him, as the flesh responds to the leading of His Spirit, being changed into His likeness, yet of course never achieving completedness until His return.

    Blessings to you both.

  4. ian vincent Says:

    We can’t achieve anything, eh sister. We can believe and obey, and according to our faith, Jesus works powerfully in our life.

    Not saying this of you, but i know many would be offended with my post on forgiveness, bcos they still defend their “right” to withhold forgiveness, not fully appreciating that it is so serious a sin, that God withholds His forgiveness to those who don’t forgive.

    How could we think that we have a “right” to indulge the sin of unforgiveness just for a short time? Would we also think we have a right to indulge fornication or lying, just for a short time?

    They defend and justify the lukewarm path they have decided to follow. They would think that i’m promoting “sinless perfection” or something.

  5. ian vincent Says:

    Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but rubbish, that I may win Christ,
    Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
    Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
    Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
    Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if indeed I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
    Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
    Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
    Php 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as would be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
    Php 3:16 Nevertheless, to what we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
    Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them who so walk, since you have us for an example.
    Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
    Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
    Php 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven; from which also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:
    Php 3:21 Who shall change our humble body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working by which he is able even to subdue all things unto himself
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    Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    THE MARK. Not the LCD (the lowest common denominator) Not the standard of American cultural christianity.

    So many have as their “mark” the cultural church norm. Their mark is so low, so far beneath Christ Jesus.

    They have not set their sights high enough, and they’ve missed the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, preferring something less.

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