JOHN MACARTHUR ON FORGIVENESS
John MacArthur gives us reasons why we need to forgive in his book and series, The Art of Giving and Receiving Forgiveness.
a. Un-forgiveness imprisons people in the past.
i. I always say don’t let the past dictate the future.
b. Un-forgiveness provokes bitterness.
i. The Bible calls it the root of bitterness in Hebrews 12:15.
ii. He states, ‘Bitterness is the cancer of the heart.”
• Forgiveness is the most godlike act that a person can do.
• Forgiveness affirms unmerited love.
• God promises his love to those who forgive others.
• Forgiveness prevents hate.
• Un-forgiveness results in discipline by God.
• The unforgiving will not be forgiven by God.
Jesus makes it very clear in Matthew 6:14, 15 that we have to forgive. This is the primary reason we are to forgive others because He said so.
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