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YOU MUST FORGIVE!

If You Love Other People, You Must Forgive Them

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org

The most important thing for a Christian is love. If you love, you must forgive.

            "For all the law is fulfulled in one word,
             even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour 
             as thyself." (Galatians 5:14 KJV)
       
       
If you love them, you must forgive them. Just as God loves you and has forgiven you, you must also forgive them. If you will not forgive them, God will not forgive you! Simple as that. People who claim to be Christians but who will not forgive are merely deceiving themselves.
         "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 KJV)
          
Jesus made this very clear in The Parable Of The Unforgiving Servant.
       MATTHEW 18:21-35 (RSV)
       
                         The Unforgiving Servant
  
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        21
               Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall
               my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as
               seven times?"
        22
               Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but
               seventy times seven.
        23
               "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king
               who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
        24
               When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who
               owed him ten thousand talents;
        25
               and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold,
               with his wife and children and all that he had, and
               payment to be made.
        26
               So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord,
               have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'
        27
               And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released
               him and forgave him the debt.
        28
               But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of
               his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and
               seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.'
        29
               So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, 'Have
               patience with me, and I will pay you.'
        30
               He refused and went and put him in prison till he should
               pay the debt.
        31
               When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they
               were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to
               their lord all that had taken place.
        32
               Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked
               servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought
               me;
        33
               and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant,
               as I had mercy on you?'
        34
               And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till
               he should pay all his debt.
        35
               So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if
               you do not forgive your brother from your heart."
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Here are other Scriptures which emphasize the overwhelming importance of forgiveness.
                 Scriptures On Forgiveness (RSV)
   
   
   
   Matthew 6:14-15
   For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father
   will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins,
   your Father will not forgive your sins.
   
   Matthew 18:21-22
   Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I
   forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
   Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you up to seven times, but 
   up to seventy times seven."
   
   Matthew 18:35
   "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you
   forgive your brother from your heart."
   
   
   Mark 11:25-26
   And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone,
   forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
   But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven
   forgive your sins.
   
   Luke 6:37
   "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you
   will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
   
   
   Luke 17:3
   So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he
   repents, forgive him.
   
   
   Luke 17:4
   If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes
   back to you and says, `I repent,' forgive him."
   
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