DIG for Sunday the 20th of August…..it is not about our actions, again…..Luke 23 v 34

As you probably know by now I am a great believer in our unconditional forgiveness from God.

My understanding of Scripture is that we are all forgiven for all sin already through the shed blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

Forgiveness is nothing to do with us; we do not need to ask for forgiveness or repent of our sin in order to be forgiven.

Forgiveness is absolute and unconditional and was granted as a gift of grace by the Lord through the actions of Jesus.

In church this morning a brother spoke about another verse that highlighted this truth for me.

The verse was Luke 23 v 34, where Jesus asked the Father to forgive His persecutors, saying, “they know not what they do”.

He asked the Father to forgive them irrespective of their actions.

He asked the Father to forgive the very men who were putting Him to death.

If we believe much of what is said in church these days Jesus should have said this, “Father forgiven them if they change their ways and ask You for forgiveness”.

This shows us that forgiveness is a gift from the Father because of Jesus, and that forgiveness has nothing to do with our actions.

All the forgiveness that was ever needed flowed at the cross at the same time as the blood of Jesus flowed.

Forgiveness is a gift, you just need to believe this, receive it and thank Him for it!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have complete, absolute and unconditional forgiveness from because of the shed blood of Jesus”.

Luke 23 v 34…..Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Ad they parted his raiment, and cast lots

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DIG for Wednesday the 27th of July…..forgiveness; an easy concept to understand, but sometimes not so easy to put into practice…..Luke 23 v 34

To me forgiveness is an easy doctrine and concept to understand; the Bible (through the words of Jesus as one example) is clear that we are to forgive people.

We are to forgive all people for all things they have done against us, our family, our friends and even our country; as a people we are supposed to forgive everyone for everything.

That is easy to understand but not so easy to implement.

We have all seen the senseless atrocities in mainland Europe that seem to be happening daily; as a minister and pastor my heart went out to Father Jacques Hamel and his fellowship the other day after his murder.

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”, is what Jesus said; can we say that this evening, should we be forgiving those that perform these atrocities?

I know this will be hard for many; I’ve seen numerous “I can never forgive” and “I will never forgive” comments on social media in the last few days.

I believe that we can only truly forgive others once we realise how much we have been forgiven ourselves.

God the Father has given every man unconditional and absolute forgiveness for all sin and iniquity through the shedding of the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We can only truly forgive when we know we have been forgiven first (Ephesians 4 v 32).

If we are struggling to give our forgiveness to others maybe we need a deeper revelation of our own forgiveness from God.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that through the blood of Jesus you have given me absolute, complete and unconditional forgiveness”.

Luke 23 v 34…..The said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots

DIG for Friday the 22nd of August…..Jesus asked the Father to forgive; that is enough…..Luke 23 v 34

When Jesus said “Father, forgive them”, he was not just talking about the people involved in his actually crucifixion, I believe that He was talking about the whole of mankind.

Jesus knew why He was being crucified and knew how important it would be for every man.

He would be man’s sacrificial lamb (1 Peter 1 v 19), He would be the propitiation (or payment) for all of our sin (1 John 2 v 2), and He would be the route through which we would be reconciled to God and forgiven.

Jesus knew this was the only way for the “sin issue” to be dealt with and for man to be forgiven (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

By asking God to forgive us He was showing us there was nothing we could do to achieve our own forgiveness.

Forgiveness was a choice of God based upon the work of Jesus.

Forgiveness is not a product of our works or religious performance.

Forgiveness is also a past event; Jesus asked the Father to forgive us, and the Father forgave.

You may be thinking “Vic goes on and on about forgiveness”, and you would be correct.

I go on and on about forgiveness as this truth is one of the fundamental axioms that a believer must build their life and walk upon.

A relationship with God without a full understanding about your forgiveness from Him is not a full relationship.

How can you have a full relationship with someone if you thinking they are always holding something against you and think you have to perform and do good works in order to be fully accepted?

The simple truth is Jesus asked the Father to forgive you and then performed the work required for that forgiveness to be freely given.

There is nothing for you to do other than receive and live in His forgiveness.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the shed blood of Jesus Christ I have been forgiven for all my sin, past, present and future”.

Luke 23 v 34…..Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots