Todays Bible Teaching and the song is about forgiveness,

 

James E. Faust said this about forgiveness “Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.” Throughout the Bible God showed us what forgiveness looks like and Jesus gives the meaning of forgiveness by his birth, death and resurrection. So why is it that we who call ourselves “Christians” can not truly forgive? We say with our mouth that we forgive but as the old saying says”actions speak louder than words”. Or “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22

 

One of the hardest area of forgiveness is forgiving yourself when the person that you hurt or offended has forgiven you. For me forgiving myself and how to stop beating myself up was the hardest things that I had to learn and I am still learning.

 

What I have learned is that when we don’t forgive ourselves after we have confessed, repented and have been given forgiveness is that we have created a mountain that is stopping is from going forward. But God is faithful and will not abandon us, so He gave us the Holy Spirit to encourage us to start climbing that mountain, when we become weak He gives us strength and when we are thirsty and hungry, He gives us the living bread and water. Jesus is always with us and He is always praying for us “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25, forgiving someone else or forgiving yourself is obeying the two great commandments, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31 (NLT)

 

 

 
I Won’t Go back (Written by William Mcdowell sung and modified by Golden Angels)

Right now is the moment
Today is the day
I’ve been changed
I’ve been changed
I have waited for this momement to come
and I wont let it pass me by
I’ve been changed
healed
freed
delivered
I’ve found joy
peace
grace
and favor
and right now (and right now is the moment)
today (today is the day) I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)
I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)
I have waited (I have waited for this moment to come)
and I won’t let it pass me by
So we say I won’t go back, can’t go back, to the way it used to be
before your presence came and changed me (x2)
All my shame (All my shame and my guilt)
My sins they’ve been forgiven
No more chains
no fear
my past is over
and right now (and right now is the moment)
today (today is the day) I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)
I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)
I have waited (I have waited for this moment to come)
and I won’t let it pass me by
So we say I won’t go back, can’t go back, to the way it used to be
before your presence came and changed me (x2)
(Say I won’t go back) I won’t go back (can’t go back) to the way it used to be
(before your presence) before your presence came and changed me (x2)
I once (I once) was lost (was lost lost) but now am found (now am found)
was blind (was blind) but now (am found) I see
never going back
never going back never going back (who saved a wrench like me) never going back
So we say I won’t go back, (I won’t go back) I can’t go back, (I cant go back) to the way it used to be before your presence came and changed me (x3)
Thank you for the change, thank you for the change
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Liberating Power of Forgiveness
By John Piper
 

Your sins are forgiven. (Luke 7:48)

 

A woman comes to Jesus in a Pharisee’s house weeping and washing his feet. No doubt she felt shame as the eyes of Simon communicated to everyone present that this woman was a sinner and that Jesus had no business letting her touch him.

 

Indeed she was a sinner. There was a place for true shame. But not for too long.

Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48). And when the guests murmured about this, he helped her faith again by saying, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:50).

 

How did Jesus help her battle the crippling effects of shame? He gave her a promise: “Your sins have been forgiven! Your faith has saved you. Your future will be one of peace.” He declared that past pardon would now yield future peace.

 

So the issue for her was faith in God’s future grace rooted in the authority of Jesus’s forgiving work and freeing word. That is the way every one of us must battle the effects of a well-placed shame that threatens to linger too long and cripple us.

We must battle unbelief by taking hold of the promises of future grace and peace that come through the forgiveness of our shameful acts.

 

“But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared” (Psalm 130:4).

 

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6–7).

 

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

 

“To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:43).

 

It doesn’t matter whether the act of God’s forgiveness is entirely past, or if there is new forgiveness in the future — in both cases the issue is the liberating power of God’s forgiveness for our future — freedom from shame. Forgiveness is full of future grace.

When we live by faith in future grace, we are freed from the lingering, paralyzing effects of well-placed shame.

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