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Jesus , Foregiveness and Christmas

Jesus and the message of Christmas …  Forgiveness
We can get caught up in the gifts , the hype , the festivities and parties . The time of the year people seem to be more open with each other , as if there is a spirit of kindness and love glowing from so many of us . We reach out to help those in need , even those who have no religious beliefs get caught up in the helping and giving .  Those who have hard lives or lives turned badly often have the hardest time of the year also , it is season like no other .
What is Christmas really about ?  The Bible and the recorded words of Jesus  speak more about Forgiveness then any other issue .  But today  with  Christmas we sometimes seem  to be more concerned about setting those people straight who are  objecting to it then celebrating it seems at times. Un forgiveness is the one that hurts us and our relationships the most . It controls our responses. If you allow un forgiveness in your heart , even when you know it is hurting you it will hard to let it go .
The parable about the unmercible Jesus shares about the servant  that was forgiven his financial debt but then did not forgive the debts of others.  His master finds out of his un forgiveness and throws him into jail.   The Gospel shares when Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive , seven times Peter suggested .Jesus said no , seventy seven times . The Bible says in Romans 12’7 ” Pay no evil with evil “, in fact in Peter 1 3’9 it says  when people insult you , we are to pay them back with a blessing . Not the kind of stuff that comes easy to our  natures , for some of us it is impossible unless God is allowed room in our lives to listen to , worship and obey . But unless we do so , we fight our battles ourselves and are leaving God out of the situation and big part of our lives.  . he Lord takes control , but He will not unless we ask Him to. For us to live the life the Lord directed us to ,, we have to willing to allow God to be the leader in our lives .
Sin seems to be the most preached about topic in the modern church , at least in many churches and political conversations .  Jesus taught more about forgiveness then any other sin.  For when we do not forgive , we are not acknowledging  His gift of being Born into this world , accepting all our sins , all our faults , all our excuses and/or confessions , He took them all and forgave us all .  Jesus  spoke about forgiveness and even on the cross asked for ours .  Merry Christmas , Loving God allows us to Love all of us .
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:15
Some scriptures celebrating Forgiveness and urging us to forgive others.

Ephesians 4:32 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 6:37 

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Colossians 3:13

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Matthew 18:21-22 

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Mark 11:25 

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Luke 6:27

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

 

Romans 12:19

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

 

Luke 17:3-4

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

 

1 Peter 3:9

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

 

1 John 1:9  

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Matthew 5:44 

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

 

Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

 

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

 

Matthew 18:35

So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

 

 John 14:6 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

Psalm 1:1-6

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

 

1 John 4:11

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

1 Timothy 4:12 

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

 

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

 

Psalm 119:1-176

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

Isaiah 55:7 

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.

Mark 4:24

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.

Psalm 16:6 

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

 

Mark 4:1-41 

Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.

 

Ezekiel 1:1-28

In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the Lord was upon him there. As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,

 

Psalm 2:1-12

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,

 

Galatians 5:16-21 

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

 

Romans 12:18-20

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

 

Psalm 91:1-16

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,