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Freedom of Forgiveness

As those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. – Colossians 3:12-13

Have you ever felt like you were tethered down by bitterness, resentment, anger, or even revenge?  These attributes all funnel down to one common denominator — un-forgiveness.  Un-forgiveness holds us captive, and when we try to be freed and/or try to get away from it, it somehow tugs back on us. We find ourselves imprisoned to what someone else has done or said to us or even the very way we treat or look upon ourselves.

But God! He sent His Son to set the captives free. He brought us liberty from the negative feelings of unforgiveness, fear, and rejection.

But God! He sent His Son to set the captives free. He brought us liberty from the negative feelings of unforgiveness, fear, and rejection. These feelings and emotions are lies and are dethroned only by the blood of Christ, which covers a multitude of sin. To thoroughly understand how to dethrone sin, we must understand what sin really is. Sin is opposite of the character of God. The word sin in the Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible is described as cords that are used for binding as well as measuring. In the past, archers used a cord to measure how far they were from hitting the bullseye or hitting the mark. They would explain it as missing the mark and used the cords to measure the distance by how many knots or sins they were off from hitting the mark/bullseye. 

We understand God to be all spiritual, and in Him there is no sin (2 Cor 5:21). Therefore, we should not embody un-forgiveness since this is not an attribute or characteristic of God. If we do carry un-forgiveness around, then we are missing the mark. Jesus says to be perfect just as His Father in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48). Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:14-15 to forgive others, so our heavenly Father will also forgive us.

The scripture is also telling us that if we do not do as He says – that is to forgive others – then neither will our trespasses be forgiven by our heavenly Father. But what is forgiveness and what does it look like as we walk it out? Until you have to fully walk it out, we think it is easy and can be done willingly.  In the Strong’s Bible concordance, the Greek word forgiveness actually means freedom or figuratively deliverance, liberty, and remission. It’s more than just excusing a wrong or agreeing with an evil that has been done. The more we become like our Father in heaven, the more we contain the Spirit of the Lord, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom/forgiveness (2Co 3:17). We won’t come into agreement with the wrong or evil someone has done unto us. We must choose to release the offenses we are carrying around.

We won’t come into agreement with the wrong or evil someone has done unto us. We must choose to release the offenses we are carrying around.

We must actively choose to forgive and liberate ourselves and/or the person who has hurt or offended us. We must choose to release them from the bondage and the wrong that was committed against us. When you look into the word forgiveness even deeper, this word in Greek speaks of canceling a debt. When someone hurts us or wrongs us, we feel that they owe us or they have a debt to be paid back to us. So we feel as if there is something we hold over them or a bill that has not been paid or reconciled. Naturally, we expect that bill or debt to be paid back to us. But God has already declared that He has paid the highest price for us (1Cor 6:20) and that we may understand who He is and become just like Him. When we forgive others and set them free from their debt/sin, we are atoning for their sins as we become a royal priesthood (1Pet 2:9). The Apostle Paul speaks about being well and able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Having the Spirit of God is where we obtain this strength to be well and able to forgive. We must learn and actively forgive others, as we are recipients of such miraculous forgiveness. As we are walking out forgiveness for others, we observe how we are the ones who are truly being set free.

References:
NKJV Bible Scriptures
Strong’s Bible Concordance
Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Bible
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Keywords:

  • Freedom
  • Forgiveness
  • Debt
  • Atonement
  • Trespasses

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