Love Forgives Unconditionally
- Date: May 30, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:15)
- From No Greater Love
The Holy Spirit has been really ministering to our hearts in a very practical and, I think, productive way to bring unity and strength into the body of Christ. The main thing He has been speaking to us, of course, is the basic principle that we've been talking about, and that's doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, the Golden Rule. And we sure live far from that at times, don't we? You know, most of us here are not people that are moving in great degrees of vindictiveness or harshness or whatever, but all of us battle constantly with the preoccupation with self. As we've been really embracing this Word, what we're looking for in our midst here is to give no place to the devil because there are still some deep-seated conflicts in this fellowship, and they have to go. "Well, why? So we can have a better fellowship and a stronger fellowship?" No. So you can go to heaven. Because all of the other stuff that you do-praying and fasting and your quoting of the Bible-is in vain if you have unforgiveness in your heart, and we want to speak toward some of those things.
Now, we want the unity and we want the Holy Spirit to move in our midst. We want to see the power of God manifest, but our primary concern is that none of us would move in that deception, that blindness, of self-righteousness because an unforgiving heart is a self-righteous heart. And the judgment that comes from it is unthinkable. We'll look back at some of those passages later. But, if you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven (Matthew 6:15). Period. Red ink. And in Matthew 18, we've all looked at the parable over and over again about the man that is forgiven the abundance of his debt, millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars that he's unable to pay. He was freely forgiven and goes out and immediately takes his friend by the throat over fifteen bucks and has him cast into prison. We talked perviously about the sea of God's forgetfulness and how thankful we are for that. And the handwriting of ordinances that are against us that's been blotted out. Aren't you thankful that everything you've ever done in conflict with the righteousness, the holiness, and the law of God, that's ever been written down, every record of every idle word you've ever spoken, when the book is opened, the pages are blank because of the blood of Jesus?
But that is the kind of ink that God has a way of making come back (swish!). You know that ink that disappears and you do something to make it come back? And the only thing that can make that come back is your absolute rejection of the lordship of Jesus overtly or the rejection of the lordship of Jesus by not forgiving as you were forgiven, because to have unforgiveness in your heart is to reject the lordship of Jesus Christ in your life. Those are the few things that we've been pointing out and talking about, and we want to see it become practical in our lives and functional in our fellowship. I know it's the desire of all of us. I have no question that we all hold to the same doctrine here. Every one of us has the same doctrine on forgiveness, but I don't think we're all in the same place of application.
So the question for us is, where are we?