THE LORD OUR GOD IS MERCIFUL AND FORGIVING, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE REBELLED AGAINST HIM. (DANIEL 9:9 *NIV)
Our Savior not only taught about forgiveness, He also demonstrated it as well! Here are a few examples that
demonstrate His willingness to forgive, and that same forgiveness applies to us today as well!
1. A paralytic man lying on a mat.
SOME MEN BROUGHT TO HIM A PARALYTIC, LYING ON A MAT. WHEN JESUS SAW THEIR FAITH, HE SAID TO THE PARALYTIC, “TAKE HEART, SON: YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN.” (MATTHEW 9:2 *NIV)
2. The woman caught in adultery.
THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW AND THE PHARISEES BROUGHT IN A WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY. THEY MADE HER STAND BEFORE THE GROUP AND SAID TO
JESUS, “TEACHER, THIS WOMAN WAS CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF ADULTERY. IN THE LAW MOSES COMMANDED US TO STONE SUCH WOMEN. NOW WHAT DO YOU
SAY?” THEY WERE USING THIS QUESTION AS A TRAP, IN ORDER TO HAVE A BASIS FOR ACCUSING HIM. WHEN THEY KEPT ON QUESTIONING HIM, HE STRAIGHTENED UP AND SAID TO THEM, “IF ANY ONE OF YOU IS WITH OUT SIN, LET HIM BE THE FIRST TO THROUGH A STONE AT HER.” AT THIS THOSE WHO HEARD BEGAN TO GO AWAY ONE AT A TIME, THE OLDER ONES FIRST. (JOHN 8:3-9)
4. The criminal on the cross.
ONE OF THE CRIMINALS WHO HUNG THERE HURLED INSULTS AT HIM: “AREN’T YOU THE CHRIST? SAVE YOURSELF AND US!” BUT THE OTHER CRIMINAL REBUKED HIM, “DON’T YOU FEAR GOD, HE SAID, SINCE YOU ARE UNDER THE SAME SENTENCE. WE ARE PUNISHED JUSTLY, FOR WE ARE GETTING WHAT OUR DEEDS DESERVE. BUT THIS MAN HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG.” THEN HE SAID, “JESUS, REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM.” JESUS ANSWERED HIM, “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.” (LUKE 23:39-43)
5. The soldiers who crucified Him.
JESUS SAID “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.” (LUKE 23:34)
Now, these are but a few examples of Jesus’ tremendous Love and Forgiveness toward mankind. So Friend, as a child of God, never think that your sins can not be forgiven! Amen.
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen