I Hope You Never Sin; Forgive Me

John Wesley, it is told, was riding with a general who was very angry with his servant, who was also driving the carriage. The servant asked for forgiveness for an error. The general replied, “I never forgive.” Wesley quietly said to the general, “Sir, I hope you never sin.”

Matthew 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” (KJV).

Matthew 6:14-15… “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (KJV).

The word “forgive” means “to excuse for a fault or an offense, a pardon, to renounce anger or resentment against, to absolve from payment of a debt, to accord forgiveness.”

Many people find it difficult to forgive because of the wrongs done to them, so they hold resentment, bitterness, hostility, and aloofness in their hearts. Lost friendships, lost money, and lost jobs are nothing compared to the loss of God’s forgiveness. Someone has said that inflicting a return injury puts you below the one who originally hurt you. Taking revenge on someone makes you even with them, but forgiveness puts you above them. Forgiveness ends the quarrel. Many people say, “I will forgive, but I will not forget.” That’s like burying the hatchet with the handle sticking out of the ground so that you can grab it the minute you want it back. Life lived without forgiveness becomes a prison. The heaviest burden anyone can bear is a load of unforgiveness. Inner health comes with a forgiving spirit. Forgiveness is not an emotion. It is a decision. “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Pastor George Belobaba

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