Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Is forgiveness essential?

If we are unable or unwilling to forgive, is Christ truly in us? Can a follower of Christ harbor unforgiveness? Is unforgiveness the “unpardonable sin”?

Here is how Jesus addresses the topic of unforgiveness:
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. - Matthew 6:14-15
Forgiveness is not optional. An unwillingness to forgive is an indication of a heart not turned toward God, a heart not affected by the forgiveness of God, a hardened heart not filled with the love of God. Unforgiveness will have no place in the life of a Christian. As we are freely forgiven, we MUST freely forgive.

1 comment:

me15ner said...

Hi Eric and Velvet,
It's me, Sarah (Braun) Hayes. We are both 40! Just received a sweet card from your mom. She is so proud of you, as am I. I am thrilled that you are in ministry, and drawing others to Jesus. What else is there?! I guess all those years in your parents living room praying and singing with guitars was worth it. Of course! Just had to connect. May God bless you and give you his power and love to transform lives. Take care, sarah and scott I hope this is o.k. to put on your blog, this is new to me