Jesus Died For Everyone Except . . .
Did that title catch your attention? Was
it because you know it to be a false statement or because you wondered
just who Jesus didn't die for? Well, Jesus did die for everyone. Period.
There are no exceptions. He died so that everyone would have the opportunity
to be forgiven for his or her sins (
Try some of these statements to see how they sound:
Jesus died for everyone except . . .
Yet, within Christ's church today, grudges are held against others or mental tallies are kept of what someone else said or did to them. While the one who keeps a record of these wrongs may not realize he or she is sinning, it doesn't change the fact that as along as they continue not to forgive, they are not forgiven for their own sins!
Your sins are forgiven only under the condition
that you forgive others. Ignoring this fact won't change the truth of God's
Word on this subject. When Jesus gave an example of a good way to pray,
He included the condition of forgiving others (
While it is true that you are to rebuke
a Christian brother (or sister) when they sin against you, and he or she
is to repent, God's Word still instructs you to forgive (
There just isn't any way around the fact that your receiving forgiveness from God is conditional upon your forgiving others. You either forgive and are forgiven or you don't forgive and are not forgiven. You can't have it both ways. You see, when you forgive, it isn't always to the benefit for the one you are forgiving. Because if that person sinned, then they aren't forgiven by God unless and until they repent. However, it is always to your credit when you forgive others. Regardless of whether or not they repent or appreciate your forgiveness, you are conforming yourself to the likeness of Christ and retaining the privilege of having God's forgiveness when you forgive others.
Remember, when you can't or won't forgive someone, deep down you are actually alleging that person isn't as worthy of forgiveness as you are. In effect, you are making the ridiculous claim that Jesus died for you but not for them. And that just isn't true. Don't fool yourself into an eternity of unforgiveness. Do yourself a favor and forgive. Jesus died for everyone with no exceptions.
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