What does Bible Say about Forgiveness?
Imitating Christ's Acceptance
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During Jesus’ ministry, his greatest opposition came from religious men known as Pharisees. They resented Jesus for his popularity with the people, his indifference toward their traditions, and his habit of associating with people they labeled as “sinners.”
A Pharisee had two telltale flaws. First, he admired himself. Second, he despised others. The Pharisees practiced and taught a religion of good works. They emphasized personal effort and achievement. Acceptance was based on performance with little margin for error.
|God's acceptance isn't based on my
How can that be?|
In sharp contrast to the Pharisaic perception of God and religion, is the gospel of grace which Jesus embodied and taught. Without ignoring their sin, Jesus offered Christian
based on grace, not performance.
Imitating Christ’s Acceptance involves three steps of faith:
1. Believe that a forgiving God is seeking you today
2. View yourself as forgivable and forgiven
3. Accept others
as they are, not as they should be
Author and teacher: Paul Schlieker
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