In the world that we live people may say that they forgive a person, but they rarely forget the error. In Christ, not only does God forgive every sin for the entire life of the believer, He also erases its record permanently.
The death that Jesus died for the sins of the world fully and completely destroys the effects of sin to cause our eternal death, and it makes us perfectly righteous in the sight of God. How does God do this? Strictly by faith. We believe what God said—that if I trust Jesus to pay the debt I owned for my sins and I continue to trust Him for all of my life—God will acquit me of all my guilt and the penalty of death that I had incurred.
When God forgives sin because of Jesus’ death for us, He does not ignore our sins or act as if they didn’t happen or don’t exist. Jesus’ death paid the penalty that we owed for those sins so that no penalty exists now or ever.
For God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. ~2 Corinthians 5:21
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. ~Jude 1:24 (NKJV)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. ~Hebrews 8:12 (NKJV)
When we forgive someone we agree to let the matter go and begin to relate with a person as though the infraction has not happened (this is what is supposed to happen). Unfortunately for the person who needs to be forgiven, rarely do people forget and begin to treat the offending party as a friend once again. There are some people who can do this, but for most, they cannot let go of the hurt and anger, and they hold on to the memory of what has been done and cannot relate to the offending person again as a true friend.
I did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016 as President of the United States. I was conflicted about the words and deeds of the man and whether or not he would be able to rise to the status of moral conduct that I felt a president should display. As I watched the actions of Donald Trump over the past three years, I have seen a man who displays the works of a sincere person who is seeking approval from God in his treatment and protection of people who love God.
There is perhaps, no greater proof of salvation in a person than how they treat people who claim to be saved, after they make a profession of faith themselves.
Over the past 20 years or so, I have witnessed the gradual erosion of rights and respect for those who call themselves Christians in the United States. We have been marginalized, criticized, ridiculed, and delegated into a category of fanatics and fundamentalists, simply because we believe the Bible is the word of God.
Donald Trump was the first president in my lifetime of 62 years that has restored many rights to Christians in our ability to express our faith in public and maintain our trust in what God said in His word.
At the same time, I have heard the cursing and harsh remarks of Trump which I do not approve of. I wish that his faith in God could be seen in how he speaks and the words he writes. I also realize that this man is accountable to God for how he speaks and acts and my role, according to scripture, is to pray for him and respect the office he holds. This is what Paul described in various New Testament letters and he made it clear that anyone who does not respect the leadership of government and pray for these leaders, is standing in opposition to God. It is God who appoints the persons He choses, for His own purposes.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. ~Romans 13:1-2 (NKJV)
He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. ~Daniel 2:20-21 (NLT)
In the Bible we see examples of Pagan kings whom the Lord chose to rule over great empires. Some came to know who God is by their relationships with the prophets of God and they learned that the God of the Bible is the only true God. In all cases, God chose both good and bad leaders for specific purposes. God can use the bad leader just as He can use the good. Sometimes a nations which has rejected Him and does not honor God any longer, will find that God has chosen a leader like them, who will not listen to God, and causes the nation to falter and eventually fail.
The Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses. ~Daniel 5:11
It is not important whether we like the leaders that God appoints; it is important that we respect the fact of God’s sovereignty, and understand that whoever rules, God has allowed it. We trust in God’s abilities and purposes, not in our own wisdom or whether we like a particular leader.
Since Donald Trump has publicly professed faith in Christ and has often said he believes in God and the Bible, I must accept his statements. It is not our task to judge whether President Trump or any other person, is a true believer. This will be determined at the final judgement by God alone.
Some people object to President Trump claiming to be a Christian, in consideration of all the sins that he has committed in the past and perhaps, commits today. If President Trump is sincerely trusting in Jesus for His salvation, then all of his sins, past, present, and future, are covered by Jesus’ death on the cross. God has forgiven the president, I must also. God does not hold President Trump’s sins against him, I cannot either.
This is what many people cannot accept, nor do they understand: forgiveness from God is real and it is complete. Whatever may or may not be true regarding President Trump’s relationship with God, if he said that he believes Jesus is his Savior, I must accept this. If I see the president sinning, I can pray for him, but I cannot condemn him or imagine that he is not really a Christian. This is not my business and I should not make comments about these things. I should pray for him and remember that my own sins are no less grievous to God than Donald Trump, or any other person.
All our sins are forgiven in Christ Jesus, regardless of who we are. If God forgives and forgets and does not deal with us today based upon the sins we commit, so also should we in dealing with other people.
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