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I find it amusing that when Jesus had just finished teaching his apostles about becoming offended, and that they should forgive those who offend them. The first words that came out of their mouths after being taught this was.

“Lord, increase our faith” (Luke 17:5)

I can just hear what they were thinking. “We can't do that!! Lord increase our faith so we can do what you just told us to do!!!” It is very important to know, and understand that these men were not “born again” at this time because Jesus was not yet glorified. The LOVE of God had NOT yet been shed abroad into their hearts by the Holy Spirit, so this sounded impossible for them to do. Even though the four Gospels are in the New Testament, they were still living under the Old Testament. The New Testament had not yet started. We know that ALL things are possible with God.

Once a man/women becomes a child of God, the love of God is shed abundantly into our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5) What does love have to do with forgiveness? If we become offended by what someone might say or do towards us who is at fault? We are, not the person who offended us. 1 Cor 13 tell us something about “love

1Co 13:5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; IT TAKES NO ACCOUNT OF THE EVIL DONE TO IT [IT PAYS NO ATTENTION TO A SUFFERED WRONG]. (AMP)

We are suppose to be “controlled” by the “love” of God, and when the love of God is in control, we should never be offended over what anyone might say, or do unto us.

2Co 5:14 FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST CONTROLS AND URGES AND IMPELS US, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died; (AMP)

Jesus died for that person who might have offended us, as it says in this verse, so we should forgive them no matter what they might have done. This is easy when the Love of God is in control of our lives!! The Lord does not force us to do anything. If we want the love of God to control us then we must yield that control to him by offering our body as a living sacrifice holy unto him which is our spiritual form of worship.

Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR SPIRITUAL WORSHIP. (ESV)

What happens if we do not let the love of God to control us, and we find our self's to have un forgiveness against anyone? This is what Jesus said would happen to those who would not forgive someone..

Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and DELIVERED HIM TO THE TORMENTORS, TILL HE SHOULD PAY ALL THAT WAS DUE UNTO HIM.
Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Those who walk in un forgiveness will be delivered over unto the TORMENTORS until they do forgive.

How does that work?
Example: We might have un forgiveness against a brother or sister in the Lord, and when we see them at “Win-co”, “Walmart” or any where out in the world, we usually turn around and go the other direction because we do not want to see, or talk to them. This is “TORMENT”, and it is “FEAR” in action. Fear has torment!!!

1Jn 4:18 THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE; but perfect love casteth out fear: because FEAR HATH TORMENT. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

He that “fears” is not made perfect in love, because love never keeps track of wrong done to it!!!

With man this is impossible to do, but with God, all things are possible.

Someone might say, “hey, I forgave them, but I still remember what they did, am I still in un forgiveness?” Jesus said....

Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, IF YE FROM YOUR HEARTS FORGIVE NOT EVERY ONE HIS BROTHER THEIR TRESPASSES.

Forgiveness has nothing to do with our “head”, or “brain”, it has to do with the “HEART”!!! Jesus said we are to forgive with our “heart”!!! The human brain remembers pretty much everything that happens to us, which is why we can not depend upon it for anything spiritual.
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