Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
The Importance of Forgiving
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In the past, my daughters have joked about getting even. Have you ever looked at what the Scriptures say about getting even and the importance of forgiving?
Grace to you.
Paul tells the Roman church, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but
place unto wrath: for it is written, VENGEANCE
MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the
This must have been a common problem because Paul taught the Corinthian church, "Charity suffereth long,
is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not
puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Charity or love suffers long, and thinks no evil. To think no evil means to not take into account a wrong done to us.
Paul further admonished the Corinthian church, "To whom ye forgive any thing, I
also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave
, for your sakes,
forgave I it
person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:10-11). Paul teaches that if we hold onto offences, Satan can get the advantage of us. The adversary gains legal grounds to afflict us.
God speaking through Hosea tells us, "I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings" (Hosea 6:6).
May God grant us mercy and love and compassion for one another, and may we thing no evil of one another.
Lord" (Romans 12:19; capitals added).