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The Toughest Scripture in the Bible

Posted by undergroundchurch on May 11, 2009

My title may be somewhat relative, but even if it is not your toughest scripture, it certainly has to rank in the top five.

Here is the scripture of the day from Biblegateway,

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32

It is easy for most to receive forgiveness from God even though many struggle with forgiving their own selves.  However, this scripture takes the forgiveness to a who new level of maturity.

I heard once that your maturity is not determined by your actions but be your reactions.  This is really the heart of the scripture.  God is not so concerned with just forgiving you, though he wants that most.  His goal is to change you into the likeness of his Son. 

Did you know that Jesus plants two most difficult doctrines on his disciples?  One, I hear quite a bit about, the other I have never in my life heard anyone really preach on it because, I suppose, it doesn’t fit in today’s adaptation of Christianity.  Both, however, have the same result if you fail to observe them- God will not forgive you.

Right away I have your dander up, but there is a reason for the doctrine that transends an arbitrary rule.  Let’s look at both through a couple of scriptures spoken by Jesus himself:

And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.  – Matthew 12:31,32

I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this one here, but Jesus is so emphatic about it, He says it twice in a row.  It is specifically designed to, hopefully, stir the fear of God in the believer, and it shows the unique relationship of the Father, son and Holy Spirit. 

The Father and Son have roles that actually allow you to blaspheme and still be forgiven.  The Holy Spirit’s role does not allow that for the believer.  His work in the believer’s life is very selfless.  God is very protective of the Spirit who can be grieved. In our “graceology”, we can’t seem find a place for this to fit, but Jesus wasn’t just speaking to hear his own voice; he meant what he said and meant to say it.

As tough as that one is, the next is more difficult because it affects most of us everyday. 

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 6:14,15

Again, either Jesus is lying, or you have your doctrine wrong if you think that you can go through your Christian journey with unforgiveness in your heart.  Jesus says that God will not forgive your sins.

Sure, you can make the argument that that is sin you commit after you are saved and not “original sin” that keeps you from God, but really; do you really want to have unforgiven sin at any level in your life when you stand before God?

To see how important this is, Jesus included it in the example prayer he gave to his disciples that is repeated millions of times per day by believers all over the world.

“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those that sin against us. – Luke 11:4

When you pray this prayer, you say to God, forgive me on the same level as I forgive others.  Are you sure you want that if you aren’t forgiving others?

Here’s the bulleted summary:

  • You have no right in God’s eyes to have unforgiveness in your heart toward anyone no matter what they did or are doing to you.
  • God will not forgive your sins if you have unforgiveness toward others.
  • Jesus showed you how to do it. On the Cross, he said, “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.”  You do it when it costs you the most to do it. Don’t wait 20 years.

Paul tells you what the heart of forgiveness is; it shows kindness and compassion.  These are the very things that Jesus showed you on the Cross.  If you can’t give away to others what Jesus freely gave you, you took it for the wrong reason, and you are a long way from imitating Christ.


One Response to “The Toughest Scripture in the Bible”

  1. Daniel said

    Thank you for the viewpoint. I’ve never really been concerned about that issue because No one can take me out of my Father’s hand. The issue is unnerving because I have heard a couple different views from preachers. I personally don’t think a Believer can commit that sin but I don’t have any evidence to back it up. I just know I’m safe in God’s hands.

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