Blessings on this most wonderful day! God has something more for you today than just the ho-hums! So, get your coffee and sit for a spell while we discuss God’s crazy amazing love!
The 3 Levels of Forgiveness
Let’s get right to it. I hate all the jibber jabber leading up to the point.
Level One: Forgiveness of Sins
You must be born again! From my favorite book, Ephesians, verse 1:7, “In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Okay, so a quick theological statement here, -His blood spilled in place of ours allowing us to become “clean” and have our sins forgiven. Because He has such an amazing level of grace. I just throw that in to define the scripture for you if you need it.
But, here’s the point: We need this first level of forgiveness to truly reach the next level. We also need it to be saved and bound for Glory. So, Level One is the forgiveness of sin.
Level Two: Forgiveness of Self
Some people will breeze through this. In fact, some never even have to slow down here. But that’s not everyone. Here’s what happens sometimes:
Say a person lived the life of just day to day and nothing really bad. In other words, maybe they haven’t been saved, but they haven’t really been a terrible person either. Or, the other end of the spectrum, mass murderer, generally a really bad dude.Prison, all that stuff. Either of these (or somewhere in between) can become nearly stopped in their tracks at this point. They see the love and the mercy of God. His purity overcomes them and they begin to compare who they are with who He is. Their past with His past and their future with Him. It looks impossible.
They have been forgiven of their sins, but they struggle to reconcile their “dirtiness” with His cleanliness. They have to forgive themselves. To move on, regardless of how bad they might or might not have been, they have to learn that what they were is no longer what they are. Self forgiveness coincides with His forgiveness.
Level Three: Forgiveness of Others
This can be a really big one. Now, like Level Two, some may never have this problem. But, I bet, most do. They may move on fast, but speaking from personal experience, it’s usually an ongoing thing. In Matthew 6, Jesus said, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will the Father forgive your trespasses.”
There’s two ways to take that. 1) God will literally not forgive you if you do not forgive others. Or, 2) The unforgiveness will eat you alive. Here’s my experience: Having things stuck in your head about something someone has done to you or done to someone else and it affected you somehow, is a disease. Unforgiveness is a disease.One that kills you from the inside out and murders your relationship with God. It is an open door to a myriad of both spiritual and physical problems.
You must learn to get that out of you as fast as it arrives. Don’t let it build up. If you do, it’s just that much harder to get it out. There is an amazingly simple way to remedy the problem and the Bible speaks of it time and again. You don’t need any special giftings or any kind of training. You simply have to learn to bring it to Jesus. Write it down if you need to so you will remember. I have found my struggles (all of them) are directly related to how much I talk to Jesus about them. It’s not some crazy big secret, you just gotta take it to God. And…not to Facebook. Oh please. Feel free to let people know you need prayer, but anything like this posted on Facebook is gossip and you are setting yourself up for a MAJOR fall! If you are taking your problems to Facebook instead of God…well you decide who your god is. But, hey, (as Kermit says) that’s none of my business.
A very old, tried and true remedy. And simple. Talk to Jesus about it. Often!