Isaiah 43:25 New International Version (NIV)
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.
Once we have been forgiven by GOD we are truly forgiven. God erases what we have done from His memory. He remembers it no more. You are guilt and sin free with Him now. Don’t you wish our relationships with people were like this? People are always rehashing things and bringing things back up that has been long forgotten. Why is it that people can not forgive? Is it because they want vengeance? Is it because they’re envious? Truly I believe it is a combinations of reasons but GOD has asked us to forgive those who have wronged us.
Matthew 6:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If we want forgiveness than we have to give forgiveness. If God is willing to forgive us, than we must be willing to forgive other people. If we do not forgive, than God will not forgive us.
Mark 11:25 New International Version (NIV)
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Matthew 26:27-28 New International Version (NIV)
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
God willingly died for us to release us from the bondage of sin. We should never question whether the Lord loves us. We should know this fully and completely. No one dies for people He hates.
The crowds who were saying “Blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 21:9) are now screaming “crucify Him!!!!!” (Matthew 27:22) and nailed Him to the cross. What was Jesus reply? How did He respond to this? “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). They were under the influence of the devil and their behavior proved this. Jesus knew this and chose to show the people compassion while He was on the cross. How many of us today could have asked God to forgive people who were physically hurting us? Our basic impulse would be to pray, “Lord hurt them as they have hurt me, let them feel pain also”. GOD asks his people to think differently from the world. Jesus shows us on the cross how to react to those who have hurt us, pray for them, they do not realize what they are doing.
Matthew 5:44 King James Version (KJV)
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Romans 12:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
1 Peter 3:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
9 not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing.
Amen!!!! God’s Awesome Forgiveness