In the Bible, forgive and forgiveness are translated from four original Greek words which mean, “to send forth, to send away; to bestow a favor unconditionally; to let loose from, to release.”
These words describe “forgiveness” as an absolute annulment of transgression and its penalty, as a debt that is canceled and expunged. Forgiveness demands that both failure and reprisal be loosed away forever, as to a supernal incinerator. And forgiveness embodies one additional, elusive requirement: the mandate to create a magical new reality, wherein the offense actually never existed.Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Forgiveness originates in God and is transferred to you when you accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This forgiveness is an unconditional release from the penalties accrued by the sins of your fallen carnal nature. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
God’s forgiveness is a wonderful experience, dubbed by the church as “Salvation.” As you turn your life toward God, your infractions and their fines are erased from your account. You feel washed and free, and flowing with luminous energy.
Forgiveness is the gift of love. When you receive “forgiveness” from God, the seed of “love” is sown into your spirit. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. This kernel blossoms first into the adolescence of phileo-love, a bubbling but self-centered joy for what you have received. This is the embryonic stage of agape.Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Forgiveness coming to you from God’s “good” produces phileo-love. After that first step it takes forgiveness coming from you, in response to God’s “evil,” to produce agape-love.
Agape-love can grow only in a special environment, where like God, it can “take no account of the evil done to it.” Sin against you is the catalyst that transforms phileo-love into agape-love. This process functions through the agency of forgiveness. Agape-love is sown into you when you are forgiven, but it is matured in you only as you forgive.
Every evil action that God allows on the earth obligates an ultimate forgiveness. Evil is like a hole that demands to be filled. When an offense comes against you, it creates a need for forgiveness, where no such need existed previously.
To forgive the offense, forgiveness must be fashioned by your understanding. It must materialize inside you. It then issues out from you unconditionally and fills the hole that was created by the offense. By sin against you, forgiveness is birthed inside you, and flows out from you. Through this process you become a new source of forgiveness. You become a creator, empowered to dispatch forgiveness in response to a need.
But notice that forgiveness meets all the requirements for agape-love as given in 1 Corinthians 13. Forgiveness endures long and is kind. It is not based on receiving. It does not arise from any self-centered motive. It is ever ready to believe the best of every person. Forgiveness takes no account of the evil done to it. It bears up under anything and everything that comes. Its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances.
Forgiveness never fails because it has been developed through both good and evil. Forgiveness is the only thing known to man that fulfills the requirements for agape-love. Forgiveness is the birth of agape-love made visible. And above all things have fervent charity (agape) among yourselves: for charity (agape) shall cover the multitude of sins.
Forgiveness is agape-love, born from offenses. Without offenses there could be no forgiveness, and hence no birth of agape in you.
This requirement for offenses brings enemies against you, riding high upon bewildering evils that stampede through your life with the fiery sword of God. These trials are the servants of God, to awaken a new love in your spirit. Agape-love comes alive as it is thrust into hardship. It is matured as it suffers long and with kindness. It must be plunged into anguish, so that it can learn to bear up under anything and everything that comes. Agape-love is produced only in ardent travail, by the dispatch of forgiveness. This is the crushing process of regenerative birth. Love (agapao) ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest.
To receive forgiveness you must turn to God, repent of your sins and confess them. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. But your giving of forgiveness has no such requirement. Your giving of forgiveness must be limitless, exhaustive, and without qualification. Your fellow mortals have nothing of any value with which to pay for their sins, and certainly owe you nothing at all. Their offenses must be met with your bold, unconditional release. And this is for your own good. For it is only this forgiveness that can produce the splendor of agape in you. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them.
Your bid to become the love of God will not change the events that occur around you. Rather, it will change the events that occur inside you. You need to forgive so that agape-love can be birthed in your spirit. The work of forgiveness in those around you is only a by-product. I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Do not yield to your fleshly cravings for revenge or reparation. Silence the moans of self-pity. Cast aside your concocted carnal arguments to withhold forgiveness. These are lying emissaries sent to shackle your spirit with failure. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Your desire to flush your friends away, replacing forgiveness with resentment, is a desire to terminate your own spiritual wealth. This is your conniving Adamic nature clinging to its own death. For any excuse to withhold forgiveness, will withhold the birth of agape-love in you. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
When Jesus Christ forgave sin he was accused of blasphemy. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? This complaint was understandable, for in the Old Testament, forgiveness came from God alone. For who can forgive sins but God only?
But now this divine power, God has given to you. When you received the forgiveness of Christ, it came in seed form. As it grows it will multiply, to become a power at your disposal. Forgiveness is the first true power of God that he has given to his maturing Sons. It is real, it works every time, and it is absolutely yours.
Forgiveness is the only spiritual power that you require to reproduce the majesty of agape-love in you. Now you are commanded of your Heavenly Father to exercise this divine authority, for your own benefit. If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Forgiveness and the love it creates are your keys to the Kingdom of God. Remember that this kingdom is not a place, it is a begotten spirit within you. Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
If you bind sins while on earth you bind your spirit to the evil earthly realm. But if you forgive sins while on earth, you will loose your spirit into the perfection of agape-love. Forgiveness and agape-love are keys to a spiritual lock. They open a secret door to a heavenly kingdom, and will usher you in to Godlikeness. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
When forgiveness flows from your spirit, agape-love is birthed inside you. This celestial love is alive. It is a Son of God, growing in your midst . When this living substance is fully matured in your spirit you will step into the endowment of your Heavenly Father. This is a new state of being, a fresh reality in the Begotten Realm.