My forgiving someone doesn’t have anything to do with what that person did or didn’t do to me. I forgive them because of the blood. God honored the blood and forgave me in the face of my sin, so even as He has forgiven me, I forgive you.
For me not to forgive would be to dishonor that blood.
This is serious business we’re talking about here! When you dishonor the blood of Jesus, you’re stepping out from under its protective covering into the devil’s territory. You’re stepping out into darkness where he can get a shot at you.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go out there. I don’t care what anyone may do to me, I won’t let their mistreatment of me push me out into darkness. No, I’ll just honor the blood, forgive them and keep right on walking in the light. If somebody hits me on the cheek, I’ll just do what Jesus said: forgive and turn the other cheek.
Some people think if you do that, you’ll get the daylights beaten out of you. But they’re wrong. If you keep your faith up, when you turn the other cheek, God will protect you from the one who’s trying to hit you.
I know of a preacher who experienced that. He was witnessing to a member of a New York street gang who was threatening him with a knife. Instead of fighting back, the preacher just kept telling him Jesus loved him. The guy kept swinging that knife, trying to cut that preacher, but every time he tried, a force he couldn’t see would stop him. He literally couldn’t touch him.
As a result, that gang member fell down on his knees, received Jesus and today he is one of the most outstanding evangelists in the world!
Listen, my friend, forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces in existence! To walk in forgiveness is to walk in victory.
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I honor the blood of Jesus by choosing to forgive; therefore, I walk in victory and power. (Luke 17:3-4; Revelation 1:5)
Scripture Study: Colossians 1:9-14