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Dr.J (S.L. Jordan, Ph.D.,Ed.D.)

Oct 31, 2023 11:41 AM

The Power of Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV): "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." "Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom." - Hannah Arendt Today, we delve into a profound aspect of our spiritual journey: the transformative power of forgiveness through the grace of Christ. A question from a member of this group initiated the development of this Today's Dr. J Thought. He said: "Good morning, I can say that Jesus is mine, but if I have one sin in my life and I know it is there and I am just letting it remain in me. And the Bible says I can keep the whole Law and offend in one point I am guilty of all. Who is the Law? Jesus Christ is Law, his law, and he has told us to go and sin no more. Do you believe that you can sin no more with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in you?" To achieve wellness and victory in Jesus, we must rid ourselves of sin, much like we would seek healing for any other ailment. Just as we vigilantly tend to our physical health, we must be equally vigilant about our spiritual well-being. It requires decisive steps to eliminate sin and experience triumph in Jesus. Two scenarios from Scripture exemplify this approach, shedding light on the liberating act of forgiveness: In John 5:1–15, Jesus healed a man by the Pool of Bethesda. Jesus not only granted physical healing but also cautioned him to cease his sinful behavior, linking it to his condition. This narrative reminds us that Jesus offers us a second chance for a transformed life but emphasizes that returning to sin would squander this opportunity. The story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3–11) showcases Jesus' compassionate yet stern stance. He extended forgiveness to her but simultaneously urged her to "sin no more." It was not a dismissal of holiness but a reminder that forgiveness is coupled with a commitment to holiness. Jesus' call to "sin no more" does not imply perfection. It signifies a turning away from sinful paths. Meeting Jesus changes our perspective on sin, rendering it less attractive. Grace transforms, as evidenced in Romans 6:1–2, ensuring that we live to please God. While Christians strive to "sin no more," acknowledging human imperfection, the goal remains holiness, consistent with God's desire for us. Sin no longer defines our lifestyle, as 1 John 3:9–10 attests. When we stumble, seeking forgiveness is possible (1 John 1:9; 1 Peter 4:1–2), and God's discipline molds us in His image (Hebrews 12:6–11). Ultimately, our journey centers on transformation through Christ, with God guiding us to reflect His Son's character (Romans 8:29). "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." - Mark Twain Today, as we reflect upon the liberating power of forgiveness through the grace of Christ, may we remember that it is through forgiveness that we find freedom and transformation.