Forgiven forged …

February 22, 2016

“Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 MSG

A follower of Jesus is known as being forgiven. It changes your life .. sometimes slowly .. but forever. Followers of Jesus are a forgiven community of who regularly remind each other of this incredible truth. You are not immune from the subtle influences to hold back forgiveness or impatiently refuse to forgive because the mercy asked does not equal the hurt inflicted. If only you had a choice. The early Jesus-followers wanted clarity. They wanted a number. Ho0w many times do you have to forgive someone? Jesus describes what the Father has done for you: His forgiveness is immeasurable against the debt you owe. And that fact should cause you hold any hurt lightly. But we don’t. Forgiveness is not unique to Jesus followers. What is unique is the visible image of the cross declaring you forgiven. The power of that cross combined with the unfathomable work of the Holy Spirit creates a clean heart .. a willing heart .. and a forgiving heart. The forgiveness of Jesus creates a Jesus forgiver. It’s Christ who has forgiven you .. it’s you who forgives another .. and it’s Christ who has forgiven you both .. completely. There is not a number attached, although some hurts and wounds take time and space for the Master’s forgiveness to work in a broken and wounded heart. And so Paul wrote to some Christ-followers that their lives should be marked by forging a forgiveness that was “quickly and completely” centered in Jesus. It has not changed for 2000 years. It is misunderstood and mocked outside the fellowship of the cross. But for those “insiders” it is the greatest gift of living a life free of carrying wounds and counting scars. In Christ you are forgiven and become a forgiver in Christ. Your life changes and so does the one forgiven. It only takes a moment …

“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? Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.” … and that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.” Matt. 18:21-22, 35 MSG

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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