Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Forgive your Brother

There are lots of verses about forgiveness, but this one adds repentance to forgiveness. Is this a way out of forgiving a brother if he will not repent?

Luk 17:3  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luk 17:4  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
I assume that a brother is one who is of like faith. If a brother sins against you and repents, then we are to forgive him. What if he will not repent? Repentance is required for true forgiveness. If he will not repent, then we give him to the Lord. A brother in the Lord should know right from wrong so we cannot say that he doesn't know what he has done. Pray that God will convict him and leave it with God. We are not to harbor ill feelings towards a brother. Just do not give him opportunity to sin again against you. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil Lord. If the brother is a family member who does not know the Lord, then we forgive him and like Jesus we may pray, forgive him, for he knows not what he has done. If he sins willingly, give him to the Lord and do not harbor ill will, for it will interfere with your worship. Make sure that you are not the cause of the offence. Love your brother and give him mercy. He may be unaware of any wrong doing.
Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

In truth, we all have sinned for no one is perfect. Do not be casting stones. Forgiveness is a gift that we may give, for we have received it from God. His love we have received, so we are to give love as well.

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