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Loyal
Forgiveness is an act of Faith!!

I find it amusing that when Jesus had just finished teaching his apostles about becoming offended (unforgiveness), and that they should forgive those who offend them, the first words that came out of the Apostles mouth was.

“Lord, increase our faith” (Luke 17:3-7)

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)

Notice what Jesus tells his Apostles about forgiving. He uses Faith as the means to forgive..

Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

The " sycamine" tree was the "unforgiveness" that needed to be "removed"!!! How was this to be done? By "commanding" (by faith) to be plucked up, and "planted" into the sea!!! If the unforgivness is NOT planted in the "sea" of forgetfulness, it will wind back up on the "beach" where you will have to deal with it again in the future!!!!

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. It might be a mother, father, pastor, anyone or even God that we might have unforgiveness towards!! This is easy to do 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 from the 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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My wife sought healing for ten years and it didn't happen until she applied forgiveness.

I took her to healing/deliverance meetings, I took her to churches of different denominations, I put her on prayer lists and people laid hands on her, but nothing happened.

It was about this time that my wife experienced a miraculous healing delivering her from death's doorstep.
She had become ill about ten years prior and she was on a dozen different prescriptions, about 40 pills a day.
The doctor said she had conversion disorder and her body was shutting itself down and he didn't give her more than a year to live.
She was 43 and she looked like she was in her 60's.
Her right side was paralyzed and she had gone blind in her right eye.
She needed a cane to walk and she did so with a shuffle.
She had tremors similar to Parkinson's or MS.

One day out of frustration she cried out to The Lord either take me home or heal me because I can't take this suffering anymore.
She heard an audible voice in her ear say "Why don't you forgive?"
She felt a spirit of anger well up inside of her and she said "I forgave everybody when I became a Christian"

But it came from her mouth, not from her heart.
When she was 13 she was put into a concentration camp and tortured every day for 3 years. She had never forgiven the people who tortured her.
She thought about what The Lord had asked her for the rest of the day and made the decision to forgive when she went to bed that night.
When she woke up in the morning she said it was like someone had turned on a light.
Her paralyzation had disappeared and she could see out of her right eye.
Her tremors were gone!
She went to reach for the handful of pills that she had to take every day and she heard the voice again, it said "You don't need those anymore. "
These were very dangerous medications and they would have to put her in the hospital just to adjust her dosage up or down a little bit.
She trusted what God had told her and stopped taking them all.
She had absolutely no withdrawals or reactions!
She went from looking like she was in her 60's to looking like she was in her 30's.
She would go out shopping with our daughters and people would think that they were sisters!
She glowed with the glory of God and people were drawn to her. The Lord healed her physically, emotionally, and spiritually!
Praise The Lord!

Non believers were more amazed at her healing than people in the church and some churches didn't even want to hear her testimony.
Feel my faith fading/forgiveness when the damage is ongoing
 
Loyal
Your Good Bear good memory I got this off his FB page he said he posted most of them on here already. Little double post wont hurt anything :smile:
 

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