“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:43-44
The number one reason why people are peace less is because they don’t know that they’re God’s children. As a result they are so much opinionated, self-defensive and egoistic.
Jesus’s teaching of “love your enemies” is His way to eliminate the list of people we tagged as our enemies.
Unless we realize that God forgave us in Christ Jesus all evil we did in the past, we would never have the ability to forgive others.
God forgave us when we don’t deserve. So, we should always forgive those who don’t deserve.
But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins. 1 John 1:9
Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? (Luke 5:23 NLT)
Wherever Jesus went signs and wonders accompanied Him. Constantly crowds exclaimed woo-hoo, wow & hah! But whenever Jesus said Who He is the crowd wanted to kill Him!
They had no problem when He raised the dead but can’t stand when He told He is the Son of God.
Today, it’s no different. The crowd wants the benefits of Jesus Christ but don’t want to give Him the Lordship.
Unless we see and say what Father God and His Word say Who Jesus Christ is, we won’t have deliverance.
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17
…God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalms 32:5 NLT)
The need for God is realized when we know we messed up. The thirst to get closer to God is the only thing that will make us to confess, repent and receive forgiveness from God.
The real confession and repentance always be forgiven by God in His grace and mercy – which isn’t cheap, but costed God the life of His Son. And, more importantly a requirement to establish an accountability to God that we “sin no more”.
This accountability to “sin no more” is the key for freedom, otherwise the confession was a religious relief of guilt and there was no genuine repentance before God.
We read in the Books of Gospel that our Lord Jesus always forgave those who came to Him, but commanded consistently, “Go, and sin no more.”
When His command is kept, our transgression is removed!
He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion. He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:3-4, 10, 12
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord . (Psalms 27:10, 14 NLT)
Father and mother are the only relationship any child would trust with all of his/her heart. No matter how wrong things are done by the child this is the only relationship expected to love and accept him/her.
Human rebellious nature can put one into an extreme criminal/sinner category and can make his own father and mother forsake, unloved and give-up on him/her.
Forgiveness for any extreme sinner is still available in God thru’ Christ Jesus, when there is a true repentance and depend on Christ to save.
God loves people, has the power to change them for good and don’t want anyone to perish. It is the individual to realize that God will never forsake when we cry unto Him to forgive and redeem from any worst condition.
It is the best thing to know that the Lord will hold me close when everything including this life comes to an end!
As he (Jesus) was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” John 8:3, 7
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” (Matthew 18:21 NLT)
The day we give our hearts to Lord Jesus and start to follow Him we become a born again person. This doesn’t make us to forget our old self – which got used living in tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye attitude.
The life experiences constantly test and tempt our old nature to come alive and demand that we react the way we used to react in the past and it is our rights.
Peter was in that painful transition state battling his old self, so he asked Jesus a deliberate question (my paraphrase) “OK, I forgave him seven times! Can I go smack him now? Tell me, I can’t wait.”
This is how we often live born again new life. Outside we put these rules and restrictions, but inside it’s the same old emotions and self-will that hates the new me and wants a break!
Jesus response was, “not seven, but seventy time seven!”. In other words, “Nope, you never go back to your old nature – start crucifying your old self on my Cross, remember I forgave you once for all!”
Living a born again life must be realized as a freedom from the old me. The new birth gave us this new authority to crucify the old nature, and obeying God’s command are our new birth rights, not old school rules!
Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:1, 24
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. James 4:8
Sin came to separate man from God and made it impossible for man to get closer to God. Jesus made the atonement for our sins and united us back to God.
Now, no matter how sinful we may look, behave or perceived – we can make a conscious decision to get back closer to God Who loves us.
The blood of Jesus is still fresh to wash our hands and hearts and make us back as His beloved!
But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Hebrews 13:1
Honestly there is not two person alike who thinks and do things the same way to like each other automatically.
In natural, we pick and chose whom to love based on, if the person deserves or if there is a profit for us in doing so. Otherwise, we want nothing to do with them.
When we were unloved, unwanted and undeserving – the most beautiful, the most generous, the most powerful – God Himself decided to love us and has determined to keep loving us! This is real love – to love and never stop loving, no matter what.
While I falter and fail on daily basis and still expect God to love me, I must love those around me no matter what they do to me!
I can never pay back to God for His extreme love, but I can please Him by loving others – constantly. After all, everybody needs love, just like I am in need of it!