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Written by Pastor Mike Campagna @ http://www.aheartforgod.org

Original post @ http://www.aheartforgod.org/2013/10/09/10-mistakes-people-make-with-forgiveness-plus-1-bonus/

10 Mistakes People Make with Forgiveness (plus 1 bonus)

October 9, 2013 By Mike Campagna

Return of the Prodigal SonLightning fast post meant to make you think…

10 Mistakes People Make with Forgiveness (plus 1 bonus):

1. Think they don’t need forgiveness (like they have never sinned or there is no such thing as “sin”). (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; 10:9)
2. Forget they are to forgive others EVERY TIME they sin (are you holding a grudge?). (Matthew 18:21-22)
3. Don’t realize personal forgiveness is conditional (we MUST forgive others). (Matthew 6:14-15)
4. Overlook that Jesus wasn’t just asking God to forgive the Roman soldiers who were nailing Him to the cross when He said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing”; He was asking God to forgive all of mankind (including me and you, too). (Luke 23:34).
5. Don’t understand there is really only one sin that cannot be forgiven: blasphemy of the Holy Spirit which equals unbelief (if you think you’ve committed the “unpardonable sin” you probably/likely haven’t). (Mark 3:29)
6. Overlook that to receive forgiveness a person must be committed to repentance, first (repentance is a commitment to not sin anymore). (Luke 3:3; 24:47; Acts 2:38; 5:31)
7. Think there is a way to be forgiven apart from belief in Jesus Christ (there is not). (Acts 10:43; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14)
8. Try to do good things and be nice to gain forgiveness (not possible). (Ephesians 2:8-9)
9. Miss that forgiveness can only be gained via a blood sacrifice (Hebrews 9:12, 22).
10. Think their sin is too great for a holy God to forgive (not true ~ come back home!). (Luke 15:11-24)

BONUS Believe in purgatory ~ where people go after they die to pay for their sins and eventually gain forgiveness and entry into heaven (no such place). (Hebrews 9:27)

(Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” picture above is in the public domain: click here. PD-US)

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About Mike Campagna

Mike Campagna (affectionately known by some as Pastor Mike) is making the most of web technologies to encourage disciples. A self-proclaimed “twitterholic,” one twitter follower describes him as the “jogging, blogging, tweeting Pastor.” Visits to Pastor Mike’s blog (http://www.aheartforgod.org) number in the hundreds of thousands. His video blogs have been viewed over a half a million times. His day job is content manager/social media specialist for Sugar Pine Realty. Pastor Mike and his family have lived in the Sonora area of California since 1997.

About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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