Forgiving involves one of the major characteristics of the Lord, which is godliness. He demonstrated it continually.

That's because Jesus was always aware of the presence of His heavenly Father. And He lived accordingly. That's Kingdom Godliness.

And His Called-Out Ones are to be "being aware". And it comes by the Holy Spirit. Galatians 4'6 says:

"And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

The name "Abba" Father speaks of expressing child-like love and trust combined with the understanding that God is Father.

Being aware in this manner, by the Holy Spirit, changes behaviour. Sinning against, being sinned against, forgiving and being  forgiven are different.

This is because it is He who gives represents Jesus and the Father, so Paul says:

"... do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light," Ephesians 4'30-5'1-8.


"If we walk in the light as He is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son

cleanses us from all sin," 1 John 1'7.

(For more see Kingdom Godliness on the Menu.)