HOW TO BE A FORGIVING CHRISTIAN!

Colossians 3:12-15
God can forgive man’s sins only because Jesus has paid the penalty for them (Ephesians 1:7; 4:32; Acts 13:38).
Forgiveness of sins is part of the blessings Christians receive from God in Christ (Acts 26:18).
Christians have been forgiven of all sins (Psalm 103:3; 130:4; Jeremiah 31:34; 36:3; Acts 5:31; 13:38; 26:18; Romans 4:7; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 2:13; 1 John 2:12), and we are to forgive others (Luke. 6:37; 2 Corinthians 2:7,10; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13).
FORGIVENESS
The act of excusing or pardoning another in spite of his slights, shortcomings, and errors. As a theological term, forgiveness refers to God’s pardon of the sins of human beings.
No religious book except the Bible teaches that God completely forgives sin Psalm 51:1,9; Isaiah 38:17; Hebrews 10:17. The initiative comes from Him John 3:16; Colossians 2:13 because He is ready to forgive Luke 15:11-32. He is a God of grace and pardon Nehemiah 9:17; Daniel 9:9. P.C. Bible
Forgiveness: Charizomai: To be gracious, and pardon a person who has wronged us. Here is a test: Some questions?
1. Can I thank God for the person who hurt me or for the lesson I learned in pain?
2. Can I thank God and thank Him for it?
3. Have I accepted my part of blame?
4. Can I face it and revisit the scene without bitterness?
5. Can I reward the one who hurt me?
These are important questions. The need and art of forgiveness is more real today than ever. As Christ forgave; so must we.

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