Selected Scriptures

God's Minimum Requirement is that We Forgive.

God's Minimum Requirement is that We Forgive.

  • Luke 17:3-10 "Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. (4) Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, 'I'm sorry, I won't do it again,' forgive him." (5) The apostles came up and said to the Master, "Give us more faith." (6) But the Master said, "You don't need more faith. There is no 'more' or 'less' in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it would do it. (7) "Suppose one of you has a servant who comes in from plowing the field or tending the sheep. Would you take his coat, set the table, and say, 'Sit down and eat'? (8) Wouldn't you be more likely to say, 'Prepare dinner; change your clothes and wait table for me until I've finished my coffee; then go to the kitchen and have your supper'? (9) Does the servant get special thanks for doing what's expected of him? (10) It's the same with you. When you've done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, 'The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.'"

Forgive Those Offending You

Forgive Those Offending You

  • Mark 11:25 "And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it's not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins."

If You have Offended Someone

If You have Offended Someone

  • Mark 11:25 "This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, (24) abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God."

God wants Forgiveness from the Heart

God wants Forgiveness from the Heart

  • Mat 18:35 "And that's exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn't forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy."

God wants as much Forgiveness as Necessary

God wants as much Forgiveness as Necessary

  • Mat 18:21-22 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, "Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?" (22) Jesus replied, "Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven."

God's Heart is to Forgive

God's Heart is to Forgive

  • Isa 43:25 "But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that's what I do. I don't keep a list of your sins."
  • Isa 1:18 "Come. Sit down. Let's argue this out." This is GOD's Message: "If your sins are blood-red, they'll be snow-white. If they're red like crimson, they'll be like wool."
  • Jer 31:31,33,34 "That's right. The time is coming when I will make a brand-new covenant with Israel and Judah. (33) ... I will put my law within them—write it on their hearts!—and be their God. And they will be my people. (34) ... They'll know me firsthand, .... I'll wipe the slate clean for each of them. I'll forget they ever sinned!" GOD's Decree.

God's Forgiveness and Cleansing

God's Forgiveness and Cleansing

  • 1Jn 1:7-2:2 But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges all our sin. (8) If we claim that we're free of sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. (9) On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. (10) If we claim that we've never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God. (2:1) I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. (2) When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world's.