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Forgiveness: Jesus' teaching on Forgiveness and its importance

len Alfred Ajibola - 23rd October, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

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_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom

What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?

  • A. He will be restored to his former position

  • B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains

  • C. He will see his family again

  • D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison

  • E. He will die in prison

  • F. He will be shown mercy by the king

Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.

  • A. 3rd

  • B. 5th

  • C. 7th

  • D. 9th

  • E. 11th

  • F. 12th

The sun was created on the _____ day.

  • A. First
  • B. Second
  • C. Third
  • D. Fourth
  • E. Fifth
  • F. Sixth

Which of the following statement is INCORRECT regarding the biblical account of creation as contained in Genesis Chapter 1.

  • A. Light is the first of God's creation
  • B. On the first day, evening passed and morning came
  • C. God created a dome and named it sky on the second day
  • D. God himself named the darkness night and the light day
  • E. God dedicated the sixth day specifically for the creation of human beings
  • F. God created the sea creatures and the birds on the same day

By the term 'God is Sovereign', we mean that _____.

  • A. God is powerful
  • B. God is love
  • C. God is at the top of all
  • D. God is all merciful
  • E. God is all faithful
  • F. God is Trinity

Jealousy is one of the attributes of God

  • TRUE / FALSE

Noah had three sons after he was _____ years old.

  1. 60
  2. 75
  3. 100
  4. 120
  5. 350
  6. 500

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Jesus' teaching on Forgiveness:

Do you know that failure to forgive our brothers, sisters and neighbors can actually act as a barricade to the gifts we offer to God? Yes, God is more interested in our hearts compared to the gifts we offer. Jesus affirmed to this when he said:

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:23-24

Pondering on the words of Jesus, 'to err becomes human while to forgive reflects divinity'. Consequently, just as it is better to give than to receive, Forgiveness also benefits the forgiver than the forgiven.

You can read more on various motivational quotes here.

While teaching the people the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5). Jesus stated categorically that those who forgive and show mercy are blessed; and they will obtain mercy in return.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy

Matthew 5:7

The point is: We must practice the act of forgiveness as often as possible because our life in itself is a function of God's mercy. In all sincerely, our forgiveness on those who hurt us is a prerequisite for our salvation.

Note: It is in the Father's nature to forgive. Jesus emphasized on this narrative in his parable on the prodigal son.

Please read the parable of the prodigal son and the moral lesson learnt here.

During the life of Jesus, the Pharisee decided to put him to the test and once again, Jesus saw this as an excellent means to showcase the power of forgiveness (John 8:1-11).

In the above bible passage, a woman was brought before Jesus. This woman had been caught in the very act of adultery and was to be stoned to death according to the Jewish law.

Interestingly, the pharisees and their followers probably had stones in the hands; but waiting for Jesus' reaction in an attempt to trap him by his words, while also carrying out their unforgiving act on the woman afterwards.

Teacher, ' they said to Jesus, 'this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?'.

John 8:4-5

They kept pressurizing Jesus for an answer but eventually he showed that none of them was innocent and as such had no right to stone her to death. He said and I quote:

Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.

John 8:7

At hearing Jesus' words, they began to leave one after the other, beginning with the elders.

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, 'Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?'

'No, Lord,' she said. And Jesus said, 'Neither do I. Go and sin no more.'

John 8:10-11

Understand that through this very act, Jesus modified the Mosaic law of 'stoning to death a woman caught in the act of adultery' with forgiveness.

Note: This very act of forgiveness from Jesus transformed the woman's life and she became a perfect example of what his followers should be.

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Jesus always knew the very importance of forgiveness and for this reason, he gave his apostles the power to forgive sin.

If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.

John 20:23

 

Importance of Forgiveness

It is noteworthy that to forgive and be forgiven has numerous implications on our lives. The importance of forgiveness are fundamental to our physical and spiritual lives respectively. They include the following:

  • Forgiveness earns us God's blessing. Amazingly, an unforgiven spirit is a major factor holding certain people backwards regarding the successes of their lives.

  • The act of forgiveness can heal us of our illnesses

    Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

    James 5:14-15

  • Forgiveness heals the hurt and pains in our heart and soul.

  • Medically, forgiveness lowers the risk of heart attack, improves cholesterol levels and sleep. It also lowers the blood pressure and anxiety thus eliminating depression and stress in the long run.

  • Forgiveness is an act of love and love covers a multitude of sins

    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

    1st Peter 4:8

     

  • Forgiveness fosters unity and unity brings forth achievements.
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  • Forgiveness results into a better relationship with others.
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I can go on and on but the point still remains that our forgiveness from God is dependent on us based on our actions with ourselves and others. In fact, the acts of our forgiveness will go a long way into tapping from Jesus' overall forgiving action on the cross.

Forgiveness is a 'two way traffic'. The ultimate sacrifice of forgiveness had been offered by Jesus on the cross but nevertheless, we must emulate his actions of forgiveness on that cross in order to obtain God's mercy.

Please read on the concept of forgiveness and an introduction to Jesus's teaching on Forgiveness here.

Note: The fire of the holy spirit brings about love, forgiveness, hope and other christian virtues. We should not invoke it in an attempt to curse or condemn or judge our enemies. The bible affirmed this in Luke 6:37. It states:

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

You can read on the attributes of God explained here.

All Bible quotation are taken from the New International Version (NIV) Bible.

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Amazing facts in CRS

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS

Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.

The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.

Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.

Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist

Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.

Sumner Redstone

Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.

You can read on various Motivational Quotes here

Beauty of Suffering - Len Academy​​​​​​According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);

Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.

As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:

  • Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.

  • Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.

Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.

Please read more on the beauty of suffering here

The Sovereignty of God simply implies that God is at the top of all things.

Below are some facts that expresses God's Sovereignty:

  1. God is above all things and before all things.

  2. God is the creator of all things.

  3. God is omniscient. He knows all things: past, present and future.

  4. God can do and accomplish all things.

  5. God is in control of all things and rules over all things.

Please read more on the sovereignty of God with relevant Bible Quotations here.

The term 'sovereign' relates to words like:

Supreme, Ruler, Greatest, Unlimited and Total

Based on the above, the sovereignty of God can be expressed in different views. For instance:

  1. God is Sovereign because he is above all things.
  2. God is Sovereign because he is in control of all things. 🌍
  3. God is Sovereign because he is at the top of all things.
  4. God is Sovereign because he has knowledge of all that 'has happened', 'is happening' and 'will happen in the future'.
  5. God is Sovereign because he can do all things.

Please read on God's Sovereignty here; together with Bible passages that backs it up