Forgive / Forgiveness

Forgive / Forgiveness

Definition
1. to grant relief from payment of; 2. to cease to feel resentment against; 3. to pardon a wrong or cancel a debt

Insight
The Greek word for forgiveness is "aphiemi", which means to send away or release. Forgiveness reflects God’s grace and glory. The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, forgives because of the Cross, the death of His Son, the perfect Lamb. This Price was grand, self-sacrificing, world-changing. In God’s eyes, we had to become new, completely different, covered by sacrifice, in order for Him to forgive. Now that we are new and different, what will we do with the Cross? Our response to this should be grand, self-sacrificing, world-changing.

“Forgiveness means that I am forgiven into a recreated relationship, into identification with God in Christ. The miracle of Redemption is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One, by putting into me a new disposition, the disposition of Jesus Christ.” Oswald Chambers

“I stand amazed in the presence, of Jesus the Nazarene.
And wonder how He could love me, a sinner, condemned, unclean.
How marvelous, Oh how wonderful! And my song shall ever be,
How marvelous, Oh how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!”

     -Charles H. Gabriel

Worship the Forgiving God
We praise our Father in heaven for His grace and mercy. Through His forgiveness alone, we are redeemed! Father, thank You for our atonement through Your Son, that we are made new, for freedom. May we use this freedom to forgive others.

Scripture References for FORGIVE
“In accordance with your great love, F the sin of these people” Numbers 14:19 (NIV)
“F and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men)” 1 Kings 8:39 (NIV)
"if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will F their sin and heal their land" 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
“For the sake of your name, O LORD, F my iniquity, though it is great” Psalm 25:11 (NIV)
“I will F their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” Jeremiah 31:34 (NASB)
“F us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” Matthew 6:12 (ESV)
“For if you F others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also F you” Matthew 6:14 (ESV)
“the Son of Man has authority on earth to F sins” Mark 2:10 (NASB)
“Whenever you stand praying, F, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also F you your transgressions” Mark 11:25 (NASB)
“Bear with each other and F whatever grievances you may have against one another. F as the Lord forgave you” Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to F us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9 (ESV)

Scripture References for FORGIVENESS
“But with you there is F, that you may be feared” Psalm 130:4 (ESV)
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the F of sins” Matthew 26:28 (ESV)
“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the F of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’ ” Acts 2:38 (NIV)
“In him we have redemption through His blood, the F of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7 (NASB)
“he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the F of sins” Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV)
“without the shedding of blood there is no F of sins” Hebrews 9:22 (ESV)