Forgiveness is never easy

Forgiveness is never easy; it is hard. It is the most difficult thing in the universe. 

TO FORGIVE means that one genuinely loves, and THIS LOVE CAN MOVE BEYOND THE ISSUE TO THE PERSON, AND THAT ONE CARES MORE ABOUT THE PERSON THAN ABOUT WHAT HE OR SHE HAS DONE. 

Forgiveness liberates. Forgiveness frees the person for the options of living. 

Our refusal to forgive is a power play that limits the offender, that holds the guilty “under one’s thumb,” or power. But such forgiveness is always in relationship, hence the condition of repentance. It is not a package that one accepts and runs away with. It is only known in reconciliation (restoration).   (From: The Preacher’s Commentary) 

“Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven.”  Matthew 18:22 (GW)

Pastor Kevin Kinchen

kevinkinchen@gmail.com 

HE HEALED THEM…

READ THESE TWO VERSES…

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and HEALING ALL MANNER OF SICKNESS AND ALL MANNER OF DISEASE AMONG THE PEOPLE. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him ALL SICK PEOPLE that were taken with divers DISEASES AND TORMENTS, and those which were POSSESSED WITH DEVILS, and THOSE WHICH WERE LUNATIC, AND THOSE THAT HAD THE PALSY; and He healed them.”   (Matthew 4: 23-24 KJV) 

READ THIS LIST OF DISEASES… 

… a malady (rarely figurative of moral disability) – disease, infirmity, sickness. … badly (physically or morally): – amiss, diseased, evil, grievously, miserably, sick, sore. … torture: – torment. … to be exercised by a daemon: – have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s). … to be moon struck, that is, crazy: – be lunatic. … as if dissolved, that is, “paralytic”: – that had (sick of) the palsy.

NOW READ WHAT JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE… 

… to wait upon, that is, (figuratively) to adore (God), or (specifically) to relieve of disease – cure, heal, worship. … all, any, every, the whole: – all (manner of, means) alway (-s), any (one), daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, throughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever. 

… FOR US!  

STRONGS DICTIONARY 

G2323, therapeuō — From the same as G2324; to wait upon menially, that is, (figuratively) to adore (God), or (specifically) to relieve (of disease): – cure, heal, worship.

G3956, pas — apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole: – all (manner of, means) alway (-s), any (one), daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, throughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever.

G3554, nosos — Of uncertain affinity; a malady (rarely figurative of moral disability) – disease, infirmity, sickness.

G2560, kakōs — Adverb from G2556; badly (physically or morally): – amiss, diseased, evil, grievously, miserably, sick, sore.

G931, basanos — (by analogy) torture: – torment.

G1139, daimonizomai — Middle voice from G1142; to be exercised by a daemon: – have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s).

G4583, selēniazomai — Middle or passive voice from a presumed derivative of G4582; to be moon struck, that is, crazy: – be lunatic.

G3885, paralutikos — From a derivative of G3886; as if dissolved, that is, “paralytic”: – that had (sick of) the palsy.

“Did you see that, DAEMON?” 

“The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. His mother Mary had been promised to Joseph in marriage. But before they were married, Mary realized that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18 – GW) 

I wanted to dig a little deeper on the last two words, Holy Spirit. So I looked it up in the Strongs Dictionary…  PNEUMA (pnyoo’-mah) “a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a SPIRIT, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) VITAL (Defined: Absolutely Necessary) PRINCIPLE, or (superhuman) an angel, DAEMON, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: – ghost, life, spirit, mind.”

Did you see that word, DAEMON? What is that doing in there? I thought it was a relative of the devil or something like that. Here is the real definition: “DAEMON – In multitasking computer operating systems, a daemon is a computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an INTERACTIVE user.” Hmmm… not sure I know what INTERACTIVE means. Let’s find out.  

From the Cambridge Dictionary the word “INTERACTIVE” means – (of two people or things) influencing or having an effect on each other.

1. An interactive system or computer program is DESIGNED TO INVOLVE THE USER IN THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION: 

2. INVOLVING COMMUNICATION …

Man! We need to get closer to the Holy Spirit. Who knew we would get all that from “two words.“ A lot of Christian’s think that means praying in tongues and that’s all. Yes, that’s part of it, but there’s a whole lot more. Some people who are reading this just learned the Holy Spirit is like a “current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze.” He is “VITAL and Absolutely Necessary, or (superhuman). He is like a DAEMON – a computer program that runs as a background process. And, the Holy Spirit is INTERACTIVE,  hanging around inside, in the background of our life, waiting for us to let the Holy Spirit influence or having an effect on each other. He is like an interactive system or computer program, that is DESIGNED TO INVOLVE THE USER IN THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION…INVOLVING COMMUNICATION…

 So, what am I trying to say? I’m saying… When Jesus left this earth He gave us the best gift ever, He gave us Himself, in the form of the Holy Spirit. He told us that He would never leave us. How can He be everywhere all the time? I don’t know the how, but I know the Who… Jesus. 

 Pastor Kevin Kinchen 

kevinkinchen@gmail.com 

“I have told you this while I’m still with you. However, the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you…” (John 14: 25-26)