The Joy of Forgiveness.

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases… Psalm 103:1-3.

Forgives, salach; Strong’s #5545. To forgive, pardon; spare someone; to lift off someone’s burden of his or her offense. This verb occurs 50 times in the OT. In every occurrence, God does the forgiving; never does salach represent a man’s forgiving anyone.

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This brings awareness to the shock of Jesus’ listeners when they heard Him say, “Your sins are forgiven”(Luke 5:21). The scribes knew that forgiveness is God’s prerogative. In Isaiah 55:7, salach is intensified by a helping verb: “He will abundantly pardon.”

I rejoice in the abundance and eagerness of God’s promises to us. “I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.” Jeremiah 33:8.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 16:46:04

    Another of my favorites. It was helpful when I went through a very difficult time.

    To God be the glory for His unconditional love in times of trouble.

    God’s blessings, my friend.


  2. Tangie T. Woods
    Mar 28, 2020 @ 12:36:54

    Thank you for sharing this blog the joy of forgiveness. Have a great weekend.


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