This sunday Sarah preached on John 20:19-23, her message was actually about waiting on the Lord but this phrase got stuck in my head.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.
We all know that we are to forgive others so that we may be forgiven, but how often do we reflect over this awesome responsability. Let me state the obvious, we must forgive others so that they are forgiven. What is so special about that? Well it is in the fact that Jesus states here that if we do not forgive others, they will not be forgiven, unforgiven by us but also unforgiven by the Father. We have been anointed as a royal priesthood we need to interceed for each other as Moses interceeded for the people of Israel, as Jesus Interceeded for us. We are Gods proxy, His hands and His heart here on earth.
We are sent to reconcile the lost children of God with their Father in heaven. If we do not do our job they are lost forever. We need to find them, forgive them, restore them, empower them and teach them to give as a gift what they have been given as a gift, Forgiveness!
Our forgiveness depends on it, their forgiveness depends on it, lets start dispensing Gods grace right now!