“The consideration of these things has long engaged me to attend to this matter, with the utmost diligence and care, and exactness of search and inquiry, that I have been capable of. It is a subject on which my mind has been peculiarly intent, ever since I first entered on the study of divinity. But as to the success of my inquiries it must be left to the judgment of the reader of the following treatise.”
We know by the mercies of our Savior, Jesus, who is the Christ, our sins are forgiven at the cross. Our eternal debt, paid by our Holy Substitute past, present, and future. It is not out of fear then; we forgive others' debts against us, but out of love for God and man.
Forgiving others is not easy, but it is a command. Forgiving is a critical act of obedience, and it contains unexpected fruit as well.
We fulfill our calling, reflecting the character of God.
"But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you 45 in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
And we are brought to the blessing of humility.
"But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' 14 "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted."
With this benefit…
"For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being," declares the LORD. "But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Glory to God in the highest.
Assistant Editor: Seven Jefferson Gossard
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All our Scripture quotes are drawn from the NASB 1977 edition.
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