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Onward Christian Salesman Deals with Forgiveness and Trust

April 12, 2013

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We are all potentially forgiven our transgressions. I say potentially, because we must fulfill some basic requirements. The crucifixion of us. We must humble ourselves in front of God and others. We have to ask for forgiveness “If you confess your sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) We must be prepared to forgive others as we expect to be forgiven. “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13) “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14)

Salvation is predicated on the belief that Jesus is Emmanuel, God among us. Forgiveness requires our action. Trust is another element unto itself. As a sinner I know first hand of God’s love and forgiveness. I have been forgiven and I have forgiven others, including myself. Forgiveness washes away the sin. Our debt has been paid by Jesus, lovingly on the cross. But trust, especially from those that you have wronged and hurt, is not as instantaneous as the act of God’s grace.

People won’t forget what you did. They may understand you a little better and they may open their hearts to you, but they don’t necessarily trust you. And why should they? Anyone that has injured another must carry a bit of that with them. It is who we are. It has brought us to the point where we reached out to our Father and begged Him to make it better.

Because I am no longer trusted does not mean that I have not be given opportunities to earn trust. It is important to remember that everything works according to God’s purpose and timing. I have been personally blessed but also reminded of my sin. I have regained the trust of some and I am in the process of earning it with others.

I have witnessed many that have come to the Lord under desperate circumstances and seek forgiveness, then wonder why they are not trusted by those around them. It has caused far too many to become frustrated and doubt their young faith. It is a dangerous time. It is a time when some will lose confidence and stray. It is for that reason that Christian fellowship is so important, it can provide the encouragement that when things go wrong that we remember that God has not left us or broken His promise to us.

I take heart that there are many around me that offer such encouragement as I attempt to do the same for them. I ask you to take a moment and think if there is any one that you may have forgiven but are still not able to trust them. Encourage them that there may be a time when you will be able to do so. Explain to them that patience is one of the fruits of the spirit and it is a lesson that God teaches with regularity. Most off remember that God is truly great, all the time.

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