Learning To Forgive     

"Judge not, and ye shall not be
judged; condemn not, and ye shall
not be condemned; forgive, and ye
shall be forgiven.    Luke 6:37

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. The young woman had had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. However, the change in her was very evident.


As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. After a while, this faithful young woman caught the eye, and heart, of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans and this is when the problems began. You see, about half of the church membership did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was a suitable mate for a pastor's son.


The church began to argue and fight about the matter. Then, they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. The pastor's son could not bear the pain it was causing his young, faithful wife-to-be.


As she began to cry, the pastor's son stood to speak. "I challenge everyone of you to think carefully about what is happening here tonight. It really is NOT my fiance's past that is on trial here. What all of you actually are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, what is your verdict? Does the blood of Christ wash away sin?......or not?"


Tears welled up in the eyes of every Christian in the auditorium. The whole church began to weep as they realized that they really had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters, or even against ourselves. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus could not cleanse the soul of every single person, then all of us would be in a lot of trouble. As the old hymn says, "What can wash away my sins? NOTHING, but the blood of Jesus." End of case!!! We all need this message: God Forgives....and so should we!

"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."
Matthew 6:14,15



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