Forgiveness

One of my friends posted a screenshot of a comment and asked Facebook if this was true and to use scripture to prove or disprove. Well, since I was woke up at 330am again, I decided to reply and thought maybe I should post my reply (along with the photo that started my response).

That’s not a scripture, that (the comment you shared) is a saying.
Biblically, forgiveness, is completely dependent on those who have a relationship with God, in other words – those who have rejected God, would not be forgiven.

One of my tattoos says ‘Forgiven’ on the front of my wrist and on the back it says John 3:16 – to remind myself I am forgiven & to help me to be more like Christ each & everyday.

[John 1:29 NLT The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 3:14b – 21 NLT
so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.

Colossians 2:11-15 NLT
11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Romans 12:7-13 NLT
For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.
10 So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For the Scriptures say,
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.”
12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.]

Being a ‘christian’ is a daily walk, yes, I’m forgiven and I’ll be in Heaven one day – but that also means I’m imperfect & flawed, I will continue to make mistakes along the way and I’ll have to ask for forgiveness daily of those sins along the way & scriptures say when we ask for forgiveness – those sins are cast into the sea and as far as the east from the west

[Micah 7:19 NLT
Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

Psalm 103:11-12 NLT
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.]

(I.e. REPENTED sins are forgotten by God, although the devil will try to use those sins against us).

I do believe that one day when we stand before God and account for our sins (those we never repented of) and we will have sorrow over the lost opportunities, and every ‘idle’ word spoken (this would be during the time of judgement in Revelations).

[Revelation 20:12 AMPC
12 I [also] saw the dead, great and small; they stood before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done [their whole way of feeling and acting, their aims and endeavors] in accordance with what was recorded in the books.

and Jesus said in Matthew 12:20-37 NLT


30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.
33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”]

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