Unoffendable, Part 3

John 1:29 — John [the baptist] saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

1 John 2:2 — Jesus is the propitiation (payment) for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

When Jesus said in John 19:30 — "It is finished" God placed His entire wrath upon Jesus for our sins. …behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world…. This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins.

Rom 4:8 Quoting David in Psalms 32:2 — "Blessed is the person whose sin the Lord will not take into account [logidzomai: taking into account].

2 Cor 5:19 — God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting [logidzomai: taking into account] their sins against them, and he has given us the word of reconciliation.

We can impart this same word and not count people’s sins against them. We have the ministry of reconciliation (restoring relationships).

Col 3:13 — We can forgive others just as Christ has forgiven us. We are empowered to not count people’s sins against them, by forgiving as we have been forgiven.

We can retain sins or release them. John 20:21 — So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." (22) And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." [They are born again here.] (23) "Whosoever sins you [aphiemi, apo (away) hiemi (send) = send away] their sins are sent away (because God has already forgiven them) ; whosoever sins you retain [hold on to], they are retained." Now that they are born again they have the power to forgive as they have been forgiven and release the person who sins against them, or hold on to the sin and not pass on the release that God has already given. Don’t hold on to sin that God has already released.

Col 3:13 — We can pardon others just as Christ has pardoned us. We don’t have to wait for them to say "pardon me." Don’t hold on to someone’s sin when they sin against us; forgive them like Christ has forgiven us.

Eph 4: 31 — All bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be lifted from you, along with all malice. Otherwise a root of bitterness can spring up and trouble [you] and defile (contaminate) many. (Heb 12:15) Unforgiveness causes bitterness and bitterness breeds: anger, wrath, complaining, slander and malice (desire to see another suffer).

If we stay unoffendable by forgiving as we have been forgiven (Eph 4:32) then bitterness will never take root.

Eph 5:1 — Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; (2) and walk in love, justas Christ also loved you.

We can be imitators of God and walk in love by not counting peoples sins against them, just as God doesn’t count our sins against us.

1 Cor 13:4 — [Agape] Love… (5) …does not take into account a wrong suffered….

Example: 2 Tim 4:16 — [Paul said] at my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be [logidzomai] counted against them. Rather than being offended Paul did not take into account a wrong suffered.

Matthew 24:10-12 — Jesus tells us that in the last days "many will be offended (count someone’s sin against them and not forgive them) and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another… and because iniquity shall abound [increase] (because of being offended) the love of many shall wax cold." If we get offended we contribute towards betrayal and hatred, and we cause sin to increase and love to wax cold.

If we are unoffendable we will curb betrayal and hatred and we will decrease sin and increase love.

Agape Love does not take into account a wrong suffered — it is unoffendable.

This is not to say we won’t get hurt, but if we will not hold what caused the offense against the person, we can speak the truth in love, rather than in offense and repair the relationship and heal the hurt.

Phi 1:9 — I pray that your [agape] love may increase still more and more in intimate knowing and all discernment, (agape love is unoffendable) (10) so that you may distinguish the things that differ [potential offense], in order to be sincere and unoffendable until the day of Christ; (11) having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ…. A fruit of righteousness is being unoffendable, because we are righteous conscious not sin conscious.

Harboring an offense feels good to the flesh because we are looking for revenge. We may mentally plot to get back at someone who has offended us.

Evidence that we have let go of the offense is that we are no longer seeking revenge.

We want healing or justice but not revenge.

We seek healing and/or justice through the spirit of agape love not in the spirit of offense.

Act 24:16 — [Paul said] I train myself always to have a clear [unoffendable] conscience toward God and people. We can train ourselves to have an unoffendable conscience toward people: Practice releasing people from sins and trespasses God has already pardoned them from.

Then approach them in the spirit of agape love not the spirit of offense.

Agape Love does not take into account a wrong suffered — it is unoffendable.

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