Forgive and Forget
- Date: April 20, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)
- From No Greater Love
Without us having that love one for another, we give advantage to the enemy; because a house divided against itself cannot stand. And in this last day, as we're warring and preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord, the tactic of the enemy is always "divide and conquer." And through selfishness and pride and many of these different aspects that are evident in all of our members, though not to be preeminent, he can cause some kind of schism in our midst. Satan takes the advantage of that, because where there's bitter envying and strife, there's every evil work (James 3:16).
This expression of our love for one another, as it pertains to our forbearance, our recognizing the needs in our brothers and sisters as just that: needs, and not faults. People who have a heart to pursue the kingdom of God are in need of admonition and provocation to love and good works, but not always an in-depth scrutiny of their actions or trying to discern their motives. But to realize that God is calling us into a unity that we might edify ourselves, build this body up in love.
Look at John 13, verse 35, "By this all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one [for] another". By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another. Look over at John's Gospel, the 15th chapter, verse 12. In the study, we've looked at this and noted it's one thing to be commanded to love one another; and if that commandment was limited to our own natural ability or to some standard that was set by man, that would be difficult enough, wouldn't it? But in John 15, the Scripture speaks very clearly, and the Lord says, "This is my commandment. This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you."
Now, the Scripture says, while we were yet sinners, Jesus loved us. So we have to love one another even while they're still sinners, involved in sin; still dealing with sin in their lives. We won't go to 1 John right now, but it's full of this topic on how to deal with sin having to be purged out of our lives, the necessity of confronting every sin and confessing it in faith. And if we confess our sin, He's faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And we see that's what the Lord reveals to us; and yet, so often when those that are around us, those that we're supposed to be loving, confess their sins, we're not as quick to forgive and forget as God is, are we? And yet we are to love as we've been loved! How many of us have held judgment against people a lot longer than God has? How many have judged people's repentance and their sincerity when God receives it at face value, doesn't He?
Those who come to Him with, "a broken and contrite heart He will not despise" (Psalm 51:17). But many of us want to pass judgment on whether it's truly contrition. "They don't look broken to me. When I'm broken, I weep and cry. When I'm broken, I beat my head on the ground and throw dust in the air." And none of us can tell when a man's heart is broken and when true contrition is there. Do you want to know why? Because we're limited. We need to see it evidenced in fruit later, don't we?
But God judges the hearts. So why don't we receive it at face value until we know differently? Always ready to forgive. Love covers a multitude of sin. What that's saying there is love looks for every opportunity to see them delivered from their sin, to see the work of the blood of Jesus effectual in their lives to where they can be cleansed and the covering of their Adamic nature so that they can stand as heir and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus, truly redeemed. We're so quick to stand in judgment in our times of strength and obedience when we need to learn humility and a brokenness that our Lord evidenced in His earthly ministry. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."