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“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 timothy 3.16-17

Letters written to Christian women ---after the manner of Titus 2.3-5

The Forgiveness Road

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Many years ago, I had the privilege of speaking at a retreat in a beautifully tranquil setting.  It was a wonderful opportunity for women to be refreshed and renewed away from their normal routines, schedules and life’s demands.  And… as happens at most retreats, for some women, it was a time of deep reflection.

 It is often the case that women will rest and reflect long enough to realize that a part of them has ceased to really live or they’ve ceased functioning in the way the LORD designed.  You know, it’s the busy-ness of life that quells the stillness needed for hearing that still-small-voice of the LORD… that voice that guides us, that voice that corrects and approves us.  Sometimes we’ve been ‘busy’ so long that we can’t hear the voice but we know we’re suffering the consequences of the lack of fellowship and intimacy with the LORD.  Sometimes we avoid those times because we know there are matters to deal with—matters to clear up.  That’s why I want to talk with you about what I call: The Forgiveness Road.

 The Forgiveness Road needs to be a well traveled, familiar road that is embraced and welcomed in the life of the woman who seeks godliness.  But some would rather travel any road to avoid The Forgiveness Road.

 Well, I met a woman at that retreat who had the sweetest face, the clearest and most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen—I see her in my mind’s eye just now.  It was heartbreaking to listen to her story, her story of grief and regret laced with the bitterness to which pain often gives way.  You see, she was sharing her story with me following a session in which I briefly alluded to the adult pain and oppression of childhood sexual abuse.  The LORD has allowed those past hurts in my life and the freedom He’s given me from that bondage to bitterness to enable me to help other women see that there is peace and there is joy in the LORD no matter what the pain, no matter what the past, no matter what the experience of sin or grief.

 I could see in her eyes that fear was gripping her.  Regret and resentment was ruining her life and her testimony.  Admittedly, she was grateful for the work of the LORD in her life—but there was this “little area” she was holding on to.  This little area in her life was controlling and confusing all the rest.  Her relationship with her husband, her responses to her children and to her family were not what she longed for them to be.  Through her tears she knew she had to confess that bitterness as sin.  I shared with her that until she released her offender in her mind and to the LORD, that she herself would remain in that prison of regret and despair.  I shared that it was time for her to walk the forgiveness road.

 Maybe you are in such a situation today.  You have past hurts, past anguish, disappointment and sorrow.  Maybe someone you trusted hurt you very badly and your anger has become a bitterness that rules your life.  You know, sweet sister, you must lay it down.   You mustn’t carry that load any longer.  It’s time to walk the Forgiveness Road.   Don’t let the enemy of your soul trick you into thinking you cannot travel that road.  Don’t be afraid to travel the Forgiveness Road.  No woman ever walks the Forgiveness Road alone… because there is always a companion on that road.  No, it’s not a husband, it’s not a precious friend, it’s not a sister… it’s the LORD Jesus.  He always walks the Forgiveness Road—He’s paid the price and you can trust Him.

 Once you travel the Forgiveness Road, you will know that peace that passes understanding and you’ll be on your way to joy unspeakable.  Go ahead… lay that burden down and walk the Forgiveness Road today.

With sincere love for the LORD and for the sisters in Christ—
pamela spurling

2 comments to The Forgiveness Road

  • SALVATION WITHOUT FORGIVENESS BY STEVE FINNELL

    Is it possible to be saved without having your sins forgiven? Was Saul saved by faith alone before his sins were forgiven?

    If Saul was saved on the road to Damascus, then he was saved without having his sins forgiven.

    Saul believed in Jesus on the road Damascus, but his sins were forgiven three days later in Damascus
    Act 9:1-19……9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank….

    Saul sins were forgiven in Damascus, three days later, not on the road to Damascus.
    Acts 22:1-16…..10 And I said, ‘What shall I do Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’…….16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins,calling on His name!

    Saul was not saved by faith only. Saul was saved by believing and being baptized in water.

    Jesus did not establish faith only salvation on the road to Damascus. Jesus confirmed what He already had said “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved”… (Mark 16:16)

    You cannot be saved unless your sins have been forgiven.

    In order to support the doctrine of faith only men have offered many reasons why the Scriptures cannot be trusted.
    REASONS.
    1. The Bible is not the inerrant word of God, it has many errors and contradictions.
    2. You have to be a Greek scholar to understand the Bible. If you understand the original Greek language, then you would know water baptism is not essential for forgiveness of sins.
    3. You need to use extra-Biblical writings to understand the plan of salvation.
    4. The Bible has been mistranslated, therefore men are saved by faith only and not the way it is presented in the Bible.

    If God is not smart enough to give men an accurate translation of His plan for salvation and Christian living, then why would anyone trust in Him for salvation or for anything else.

    God has given us His plan of salvation in many translations, in different languages. You do not have to know Greek.You do not have to have a Greek dictionary. You do have to be Greek. If men had to be able to read and understand original Greek to understand the Bible, then all Bibles would be in Greek.

    GOD IS INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO GUIDE MEN TO GIVE A TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE IN THE LANGUAGE THAT YOU READ! JUST READ IT AND BELIEVE IT.

    Men are not saved by faith only and there is no verse of Scripture that states men are saved by faith only. Men are saved by faith, but not by faith only.

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  • pamela

    Thank you for submitting your letter.

    A side note:
    I’m hoping that my letter to sisters was clear that forgiveness (or traveling the forgiveness road) is an action that must be taken by us all if/when there comes a situation that causes us to harbour bitterness in our heart against someone, a situation where we determine not to forgive someone (regardless whether they accept our forgiveness, etc.) or situations where we don’t want to forgive another person for the wrong they’ve done to us. The intent of this letter was to affirm that in forgiving others for “wrongs” etc., etc., we think/feel were committed against us, we can experience the peace of God that passes understanding and can further experience what it meant for Him to lay His life down for us and to forgive *us* while we were yet sinners—to deeply understand that He died for us. We must forgive others…
    This is a faith issue, it’s a trust issue, it’s an obedience issue.

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