A BIBLICAL CONVERSATION

15th April 2013 by Bill Davis
Scripture has a lot to say about love and forgiveness. Wouldn’t you like to just sit with New Testament teachers and interact with them?
I know that as Christians, we should never hate someone but there are just some people that make it so hard to even like them.
Matthew 5:22-24 Paraphrased; “I tell you that anyone who is angry with another will be subject to judgment. If you are at the altar and remember that there is someone who has something against you, leave the altar, go and do all that you can to be reconciled to them; then come and present yourself at the altar.” Matthew 6:14-15; “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Well; that sounds good and all, but really hard to do.
Ephesians 4:31-32; “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
C. S. Lewis once said: “Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.” What exactly does that mean?
Galatians 6:1-2; “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Jesus was the ultimate example of forgiveness. He gave His very life so that we could live. He shed His blood and we are washed clean because of that.
1 John 1:7; “But we must walk in the light, as God is in the light. We shall have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us all from sin.” Acts 20:28; “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all over which the Holy Ghost hath made you an overseer, to feed the church of God. Remember, He hath purchased it and you with His own blood.”
It really sounds like we have a great responsibility as Christians.
2 Corinthians 5:10; “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” 2 Peter 1:10; “Confirm God’s calling to you, His choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing.” Luke 12:48;  “The one who knows what God wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!”
I guess we are about out of time. How would you summarize what Jesus Christ wants us to do?
Romans 12:19; “Don’t strike back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. ‘I’ll do the judging,’ says God. ‘I’ll take care of it.” Matthew 22:37-40; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Bill Davis

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