Forgive or Hell
More Serious Than You Thought
Extract from the book:
CHAPTER 1 : God’s Forgiveness
God is so merciful and compassionate and He forgives so
thoroughly that in Micah 7:18-19 it says that He casts our sins into
the deep parts of the sea. Even in our modern era and even with
the most advanced technology the deepest parts of the sea are still
not accessible to man. So this analogy of our sins being cast into
the depths of the sea is demonstrating the fact that God no longer
accesses our sins to use against us. And He completely forgives us
of them – when we ask Him to.
Micah 7:18-19 (KJV). 18 Who is a God like unto thee, that
pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant
of His Heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He
delighteth in mercy. 19 He will turn again, He will have
compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt
cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Notice also verse 18 which says that God delights in mercy.
Also in Psalm 103:12 God further emphasizes that our sins are
taken from us to the extent that the east is from the west. Since the
east never meets up with the west this is saying the distance is
infinite. So God forgives so completely that our sins are removed
from us to an infinite distance.
Psalm 103:12 (KJV). As far as the east is from the west, so far
hath He removed our transgressions from us.
From these two scriptures alone we already see God’s extreme
emphasis on forgiveness. It’s God’s very nature and delight to
show mercy and forgiveness.
And this forgiveness that God gives to us is so extremely and
infinitely costly that it took Jesus to suffer horribly at the hands of
men and to suffer death on the cross to pay for our sins. It also
involved the spiritual weight of the sin and the forsaking of the
Father towards His eternally beloved Son to pay for our sins. The
punishment that we fully deserved was instead placed on Jesus so
that we would not have to pay for our sins in Hell forever.
The extreme and eternal love and compassion that God the Father
and Jesus demonstrated to forgive our sins was infinite in extent
and depth. Our sin debt to God was indeed infinite and extreme.
I wanted to emphasize this extreme mercy on God’s part to us to
emphasize the wickedness of behavior shown when we refuse to
forgive another for a sin or sins they have done to us.
God expects that we show mercy to others just like He has shown
to us. When you don’t, then this reveals a very wicked and evil
heart. And God sees this as a very great evil – punishable by being
cast into Hell itself. This He reveals in Matthew 6:14-15, as well as
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