Faults and Forgiving One Another
Confession of Sins
What has God promised to
do when in sincerity we confess our sins?
If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.
How has it been possible
for sins to be forgiven?
My dear children, I
write this to you so that you will not sin. But
if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to
the Father in our defense Jesus Christ,
the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice
for our sins, and not only for ours but also
for the sins of the whole world. 1 John
To whom should sins be
confessed, and why?
Against you, you
only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your
sight, so that you are proved right when you
speak and justified when you judge. Psalm
51:4. (See also Genesis 39:9.)
When we do wrong, what is
the natural thing for us to do?
Excuse it, seek to hide
it, or blame someone else for it. (See Genesis
3:12, 13, 4:9.)
After Davids great
sin had been pointed out to him, what did he say?
I have sinned.
2 Samuel 12:13. I know my
transgression s, and my sin is always before me.
When David in contrition
of heart confessed his sin, what was Gods
word to him by Nathan, the prophet?
Then David said to
Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.
Nathan replied, The Lord has taken away
your sin. You are not going to die. 2
Note This scripture
is extremely encouraging. God hates sin. He wants
us likewise to hate it and shun it, because it
invariably gets us into trouble, cause sorrow of
heart, and in the end brings death. But when
involved in it, as was David, as soon as we
sincerely repent and confess our sin, that
very moment it is forgiven.
Pointing Out a Brothers
Is it ever right to tell a
brother of his faults?
If your brother sins
against you, go and show him his fault, just
between the two of you. If he listens to you, you
have won your brother over. Matthew 18:15. Do
not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your
neighbor frankly so you will not share in his
guilt. Leviticus 19:17.
In what spirit should this
work of pointing out faults be done?
Brothers, if someone
is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual
should restore him gently. Galatians
When we pray, what does
Christ tell us to do, and why?
And when you stand
praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive
him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive
your sins. Mark 11:25.
If we do not forgive
others, what will God not do for us?
But if you do not
forgive, neither will your Father which is in
heaven forgive your sins.
Verse 26. (See, for
illustration, Christs parable recorded in
What words of Joseph to
his brothers show that he forgave them for
selling him into Egypt?
And now, do not
be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves
for selling me here, because it was to save lives
that God sent me ahead of you. For two years
now there has been famine in the land, and for
the next five years there will be no plowing and
no reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to
preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save
your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it
was not you who sent me here, but God. He
made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire
household and ruler of all Egypt.
Genesis 45: 5-8.
What was Christs
reply to Peters question as to the number
of times we should forgive one another?
Then Peter came to
Jesus and asked, Lord, how many times shall
I forgive my brother when he sins against me
Up to seven times? Jesus answered, I
tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven
times. Matthew 18:21,22.
Note That is, an
unlimited number. We must pardon offenses against
us though ever so often done; we must forgive to
What spirit did Jesus
manifest toward those who nailed Him to the
Jesus said, Father,
forgive them, for they do not know what they are
How did Stephen manifest
the same spirit toward those who stoned him?
While they were
stoning him, Stephen prayed, Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit. Then he fell on his
knees and cried out, Lord, do not hold
this sin against them. When he had said
this he fell asleep. Acts 7:59, 60. (See
also 1 Peter 4:8.)
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