Psalm 130:4; Matthew 6:14; Acts 5:31
Psa 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
There is forgiveness with God. God is never a tyrant because He exercises forgiveness to those that repent. We find that very request from David in
Psalm 25:11 where David says – “For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.”
We find repentance within this pleading of David. David recognized the greatness of his sin and requested forgiveness. Notice the inference, “For thy name’s sake. This is for the glory of God.
We see David coming to God again. Once again David speaks of the forgiveness of God when he says in
Psalm 86:5 – “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
He speaks of the goodness of God in reference to forgiveness. In the forgiveness of God we find an abundance of mercy. It is the mercy of God where we find His forgiveness for a multitude of sin. We praise and thank God because of His great mercy which He shows to us in the forgiveness of sin. Yet there is something we need to consider about God’s forgiveness.
Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
God’s forgiveness is contingent upon our willingness to forgive. Forgiveness from us represents the “milk of human kindness.” This kindness is amply illustrated by those that have been born again by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Let me deviate here a little. The first hospitals were begun by Christians. They saw the need and the decision was not based upon monetary profit, but the compassion of heart for the sick. Later, there were those that saw the financial opportunity of hospitals and became involved not for christian feelings for the sick, but the financial benefits of charging for services rendered.
We must have a heart for the sick. We must have a heart of forgiveness for those that offend and also for those that need. We have the needy with us and are instructed in that area by
Proverbs. 21:13 – “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.” We should hear the cry of the sick and the needy. But we are further instructed by
Ephesians 4:32 – “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” This is written to the church at Ephesus. This should be our relationship with the members of the church. We should have Kindness and be tenderhearted toward each other with the forgiveness of offenses.
Act 5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
Verse 31 is our key verse here. Through Jesus our Savior, we receive forgiveness. This is the supreme forgiveness we need because of sins that opens the door to heaven. This is a recounting of what happened to Jesus. His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection for the sins of the world. This is the supreme forgiveness. The forgiveness of vile, wretched and unworthy men when Adam turned his back upon God and plunged the human race into the depths of the blackness of sin. Man needed a supreme forgiveness for his cleansing. This was accomplished through Jesus coming to earth wrapped in the flesh of man to become the perfect and complete sacrifice for man and bring forgiveness to all that repent. The Supreme forgiveness is found at the foot of the cross and the cleansing of the precious blood of Jesus the Son of God who has redeemed us from the curse of hell and provided an entrance into the glories of heaven and the presence of our LORD.
Fear of Man
Proverbs 29:25 – The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Isaiah 51:12 – I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
John 12:42 – Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
There are many signs that show the fear of man. There is not a one of us that want to admit we have fear, especially the fear of not having mans approval. When we have fear, we feel the lack of safety. Mn normally seeks the approval of other men. For many, this fear keeps them from taking a stand. This fear holds them back from doing outstanding deeds. There are some that struggle with this problem all their life. Because of it they do not witness to the lost or take a stand for the truth.
Through Isaiah, God says “I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;”. God always puts things in perspective. Man dies. At present, man lives. While man lives every man makes a fool of himself from time to time. The most knowledgeable says or does something stupid. The most cunning messes up from time to time. If truth is made known, we fear man more than we do God. What keeps us from blessing our meal in public? Fear of man. What keeps us from witnessing about our Savior? Fear of man. What keeps us from standing firm on the truths of the Bible. Fear of man.
Consider that some that know the Lord as Savior do not reveal themselves to others because of the fear of the things that they might have to give up or the worldly pleasures. One of the fears of some Jews that were saved was, they would be pushed out of the synagogue. They were saved but wanted to cling to their past life. Some are like that today.
We need to rise up and dispel the fear and be bold to take a stand for Christ and truth.
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