7 Things Forgiveness Is and 7 Things Forgiveness Is Not

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Mark Driscoll shares his insights on what biblical forgiveness is all about.

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  • Bill Leathem

    Wonderful thoughts. Helpful thoughts. Thoughts of truth. Thanks for the post.

  • http://MaximizingMarriage.com/ Sebs | MaximizingMarriage.com

    Amen! Thanks for sharing these insights!

  • jimgroberts

    God calls us to reconciliation – it is the the mission and ministry of God and the church. Jesus said “if someone has something against you leave your gift at the altar and go and be reconciled and return to offer your gift”. Regarding “Forgetting” others sins we are commanded not to keep a record of others sins. It is not forgiveness if you say I forgive you for the 10th time.

    • http://FireSpeaks.Blogspot.com/ FireSpeaks

      I’ve both of your post and I’m not sure what you are trying to say. please help me to understand your point

      • jimgroberts

        Hi Soli,

        1. Truly Jesus confirms that if we do not forgive we will not be forgiven but He wanted us to go much further than that. In Mat 5:9 Jesus teaches that the ultimate growth of the church as sons of God is to be “Peacemakers” i.e.. reconciler’s having the ministry of reconciliation and not just between man and man but more essentially between man and God. Thus forgiveness is but the first step towards reconciliation between man & man then Man & God.
        As I previously mentioned, in Mat 5:23-24 Jesus does not just ask us to forgive but to reconcile.
        2. Though we are not instructed in the bible to forget another’s trespasses towards us in 1 Cor 13:5 we are instructed not to keep a record of wrongs so it would not be true love and forgiveness if we forgive while thinking that it is the 10th time. In this way we can keep the commandment not to judge and Jesus example of forgiving 70 x 7 times. Why would we want to remember another faults since it is for God to judge and His Holy Spirit to convict.

        I hope this helps.

  • jimgroberts

    On the cross said Jesus said “Forgive them for they know not what they do”. But His very death served as door to reconciliation which is the meaning of “Jesus” [saviour, reconciler]. Forgiveness is but the first step towards reconciliation.

  • Deana Callins

    How many sermons have you heard about the neccessity of baptism and the Benefits of it? Not many. Here is another strategy of the devil to keep people from knowing and understanding; The Power of Jesus Christ and their eternal heritage, that “Saves” our spirit and soul from him. It’s All about Jesus our Savior!!! How can you understand, except you have “Received” of the Holy Ghost. Spiritual things can only be perceived by having “The Spirit” of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding (which is Jesus Christ/The Holy Ghost. Mark 16:20 He that believes And Is Baptized Shall Be Saved.
    Luke 6:46-47 Why call me Lord, Lord, and “Do Not” the things which “I Say”? Whosoever come to me and “Hear” my sayings, and “Do” them, I will show you to whom ‘He is Like':…
    The Holy Ghost prepares you to “Enter” Heaven. By giving you a “New” mind, body, and spirit. As a Gift, you Receive All Things; including Jesus Righteousness to “Enter” Heaven.
    The Holy Spirit, continuoulsy cleanses our spirit and gives you the strength you need to overcome this world. As Jesus Overcame the world already. God Bless the Hearers & Receivers.

  • http://FireSpeaks.Blogspot.com/ FireSpeaks

    I made a list like this many years ago. And, even though I did not get any on your “Forgiveness Is” list I very closely matched 5 of the 7 you listed for what “Forgiveness Is Not” Thank you for this very enlightening post Pastor Driscoll

  • Meredith DeVoe

    I learned years ago that my own healing does not begin until I forgive others. Thank you for this clear and wise word from God.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.lujan3 Sharon Craig

    I am thank-ful for my ministry training to help me through the trials of life…

  • Leftrighton

    this is a good solid Word!


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