An Active Forgiveness
David and Saul
1st Samuel 16:19-23 David and Saul meet, David has already been anointed secretly by Samuel to be the next king of Israel, yet he becomes Saul's servant, a sign of humility.
1st Samuel 17 (David defeats Goliath)
1st Samuel18:2 David left his home for Saul.
2. 1st Samuel 18:5-9 David does nothing to harm Saul, in fact David helps king Saul win great victories.
3. 1st Samuel 18:10-11, 29, 19:9-10 David continued to serve Saul even after Saul tried to murder him.
Knowing that Saul had tried to kill him David still served Saul, just as before.
4. 1st Samuel 24:11-12 David spared Saul's life.
5. 1st Samuel 24:16-20 Saul gives David (the rightful king) the glory.
God and His children
Just as David did only good to Saul, God has never dealt treacherously with His people. God is just, you can never accuse God of being unfair,
1st Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:"
2. God left His throne for you and I.
1st John 4:9-10 "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
1st John 4:14 "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."
3. God still blesses us everyday even though we often turn against Him.
Hebrews 10:10-12 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"
David showed an active forgiveness that continued all the days of King Saul, but God shows us His forgiveness toward us every single day.
4. God spared our eternal souls with the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:7 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"
5. One day all men will give their rule to God
Philippians 2:10-11 "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
So how should we forgive each other?
In a continual way- Matthew 18:21-22 "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."
In a Christ-like way- Ephesians 4:31-32 "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
The forgiveness God has shown, and continues to show you and I is incomprehensible. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your savior today, He wants you to know His forgiveness firsthand.