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This blessing of forgiveness was so important to God that He sent His only begotten Son to this earth to pay the price for us. All of the gold and silver in the world could not pay that price. That’s the cost of forgiveness. That’s the value of forgiveness. That’s the worth of the greatest blessing ever given to mankind. If you ever get into a situation to where you’ve lost everything you have, remember that you still carry the most valuable possession known to man, and that is the stamp of forgiveness. If you ever get to feeling like you’ve missed out on the wealth of this world, remember that you have something the wealth of this world could never buy, forgiveness. When the enemy of your soul comes against you with accusations concerning your past, you tell him that you have been given the greatest blessing that could be given by God, forgiveness that covers all of your past.
It is the forgiveness of God that opens up the door for the rest of God’s blessings to flow in our lives. Notice that it is His forgiveness that comes first…
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things
Without forgiveness we would never experience the other blessings. You see, people that have a hard time accepting God’s forgiveness are missing out on the blessings that follow. Never doubt His forgiveness just thank Him for it. Thank God for forgiveness. It’s complete in its action. It covers everything, for He forgives all our iniquities. Thank God for His forgiveness, for it releases us from the final judgment to come. I may have consequences here for my bad decisions, but once I took them to Him and He said “forgiven”, the consequences end when I leave this earth. Some men’s sins go before them and some men’s sins follow them, thank God that you’ve already sent yours up and they’ve been taken care of and we don’t have to worry about any following us up. Why? Because we’re forgiven. The slates been wiped clean. Mercy has been extended through our Lord Jesus Christ and grace has been given.
Now, there is something else that we need to know about this blessing of forgiveness and that is this… He expects us to also offer this gift to those around us.
** "God’s forgiveness is not for decoration it is for use."
And when we refuse to forgive those who have wronged us, we create a wall that stops the blessings of God and causes undesirable consequences in our lives.
The disciples have asked the Lord the question… “How do we pray?” They didn’t ask “Why do we pray” because they already understood the need for prayer. They knew that prayer is the life source to our souls. What they wanted to know was how to pray and receive the same results that Jesus was receiving. And here’s the response. Now remember, Jesus is God in the flesh. And if God is going to tell us how to pray, then I think that we ought to pay close attention
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