DAILY DEVOTIONAL Saturday, February 09, 2019

The Biblical Advantages of Forgiveness

Psalm 86:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

5 For you, Jehovah, are good and forgiving, abounding in loving-kindness love to all who call upon you.

Most fittingly, Christians are repeatedly admonished throughout Scripture to show kindness. We need to be ready to forgive.

Ephesians 4:32 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Forgiveness encourages good relationships. By doing this we do God’s will now on earth.

Romans 14:19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

19 So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Forgiveness will result in peace, as well as peace of mind.

Colossians 3:13-15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

13 putting up with one another and forgiving one another. If anyone should have a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these things put on love, which is a perfect bond of union.

15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,[1] to which also[2] you were called in one body. And be thankful.[3]

Forgiveness comes from God first. MacArthur writes, “as Christ forgave you. See notes on Matthew 18:23–34; Ephesians 4:32. Because Christ as the model of forgiveness has forgiven all our sins totally (1:14; 2:13, 14), believers must be willing to forgive others. bond of perfection. A better rendering is “perfect bond of unity” (see notes on Eph. 4:3; Phil. 1:27; 2:2 ). Supernatural love poured into the hearts of believers is the adhesive of the church. Cf. Romans 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:9.[4]

Romans 3:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Without forgiving others, who rightly deserve it, how could we expect that God would forgive our sins?

Matthew 6:14 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

After a horrendous beating, and in the throes of execution, Jesus forgives.

Luke 23:34 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

34 [But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”][5] And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.

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