[PC-USA] 1998-12-27 - Forgiveness

Most of us are still thinking about Christmas -- people we were able to see again and people we miss. Meaningful music and services. Gifts given and received. But as we know, the bottom line of what it's truly all about is forgiveness - Jesus being born as a human baby, with the ultimate goal of purchasing with His blood, our forgiveness. And He tells us to forgive others as we have been forgiven. This week we are looking at some verses on forgiveness.

Num 14:19-21 (NRSV) Forgive the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have pardoned this people, from Egypt even until now." Then the LORD said, "I do forgive, just as you have asked; nevertheless--as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD

Josh 24:19-20 (NRSV) But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.""

Psa 79:9 (NRSV) Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name's sake.

Mat 6:12 (NRSV) And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Mat 6:15 (NRSV) but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 24:46-47 (NRSV) and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Eph 1:7 (NRSV) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

Col 3:13 (NRSV) Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

1 John 1:9-10 (NRSV) "If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.