Tag Archive | Forgiveness

The Consequences of a Belief in Cheap Forgiveness

The statement made by a murderer after he shot eight people dead:

Godbolt also told a reporter that ‘death’ is next, saying: ‘My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets.

‘Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live not after what I’ve done, not in your eyes, not in nobody else’s eyes.

‘But God, you know, he forgives you for everything.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4549852/Eight-people-killed-Mississippi-shooting.html


This is the Only Cure

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 318:

Among believers in Christ there is much difference in self-judging; extreme contrarieties, both between diverse persons, and in one and the same at diverse times. You know that some are kept in the open view of their own sins and infirmities, and while they aim at holiness, they are wholly disabled to that worthy endeavour by their discouragements arising from the apprehension of their own weakness and infinite short-coming. Now to elevate and strengthen such spirits, that word was seasonably cast in, “and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin:” for it properly belongs to the comfort of such fainting souls; and it is all one as if he had said, up and be doing, and the blood of Christ shall cleanse your evil doings. He goeth not about to persuade them to have better thoughts of themselves, or lower apprehensions of their sins, but only to have higher and more suitable thoughts of Christ, and the virtue of his blood; and this is the only cure, – not to abate from that low esteem of ourselves, but to add to the esteem and grow in the lively apprehension of Christ. I would not counsel you to think yourselves better, but to think better of him, that all your confidence may arise from him.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/low-esteem-of-self-high-esteem-of-christ.89473/, Comment 1

No Sin is too Great for this Blood

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 316:

There is no word more comprehensive than this here, it “cleanseth from all sin.” All thy exceptions, doubts, and difficulties, are about some particular sins and circumstances; thy debates run upon some exception. But here is an universal comprehensive word, that excludes all exception – no kind of sin, either for quality, or degree, or circumstance, is too great for this blood. And therefore, as you have reason to be humbled under your failings, so there is no reason to be discouraged, but rather to revive your spirits and vigour again in the study of this walking in the light, knowing that one day we shall be in the light, as he is in it. Nay, take this along with you, as your strength and encouragement to your duty, as the greatest provocation to more purity, – that there is so constant readiness of pardon in that blood.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/constant-readiness-of-pardon.89465/, Comment 1

Come in Filthy, Go Out Clean

Fountain in SienaFountain in Siena (Italy) by I, Ciliegio

Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:223:

“I am a vile sinful creature.” What then? We are called to come to a fountain that is opened for sin and for uncleanness, if I may so speak. Come in filthy, and go out clean: Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool, Isa. 1:18. What reason has God to argue thus with poor sinners? That he should reason thus with unreasonable sinners? That he should freely offer his pardoning mercy to those that are altogether undeserving of it? As if God should say, I know all that you can speak must only be from your sins; I know them better than you do. Come, hearken to me; take my counsel. Your sins shall be no hindrance; they shall be removed quickly.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/come-in-filthy-and-go-out-clean.92270/, Comment 1

All The Wrongs Done To Us Are But Trifles

“Alas, the wrongs done to us are but trifles, compared with our injuries done to God; where others have wronged you once, you have wronged God a thousand times. Methinks the patience of Christ towards you, should melt your hearts into an ingenuous easiness to forgive others, especially, considering that an unforgiving spirit is a dreadful sign of an unforgiven person.”

— John Flavel, “England’s Duty”, pg. 83

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/christians-must-show-forgiveness.92702/, Comment 1

Manipulative Repentance

Tears of a crocodile

I don’t know anything about this counselor, but I did appreciate the examples given of manipulative repentance.

Brad Hambrick:

“The recognition that there are healthy and unhealthy forms of repentance is both common sense and biblical (2 Corinthians 7:8-13). On this everyone agrees; secular and sacred. The difficulty is in discerning disingenuous repentance. Mature and discerning people can witness the same conversation and walk away with distinctly different impressions about whether a given expression of remorse represents genuine repentance, sorrow for being caught, or a tactic to gain relational leverage”…

Read more: http://www.bradhambrick.com/manipulative-repentance-8-red-flag-phrases/


Forgiveness and Abusive Men

Wise words from My Only Comfort.  I have dealt with one individual, in particular, who constantly looks for ways to cause me grief and accuses me of being Unforgiving and Unloving for not going along with their plans.  It’s nice to see that some Christians get it!:

Jehan Georges Vibert - Sneaking a peek“If they come again crying for forgiveness, this in no way obligates you to allow them back into your life where they have caused so much damage. If they are truly repentant, they will rejoice in salvation and understand the depth and depravity of their sin, and will understand and respect your desire to be left alone as a just consequence of their sin which they committed. But on the other hand, if they are not truly repentant, but merely seeking another entrance to cause you more damage, they will accuse you of hard-heartedness. They will get as many of the gullible and untaught on their side as they can. They will seek to manipulate you with their tears. They will continue cause you as much grief as you allow them to.”

Read more: https://myonlycomfort.com/2017/01/03/dealing-with-abusive-men/