Three Biblical Characters Transformed by God's Forgiveness

Forgiveness" is knowing how to apologize to the person who has committed an offense. At the BibleThis word is interpreted as "to let go", that is, to desist from the cancellation of a debt. In many occasions forgiveness for the human being is a process that takes a long time. For it implies abandoning all kinds of resentment and avoiding demanding to be compensated for the damage that has been done.

Do not know sorry Neither wanting to ask for forgiveness affects daily life, it becomes a very heavy suitcase, loaded with stones that makes it difficult to move. However, there is a way to get rid of this weight and it is through love. To forgive and be forgiven there should be no condition. God teaches it through his Word, the Bible, which states that the basis of forgiveness is love sincere, since love does not take into account the damage nor does it place conditions.

"To have love is to know how to bear; it is to be kind; it is not to have envyIt is not to be boastful or proud or rude or selfish; it is not to be angry or bear a grudge" (1 Corinthians 13:4, 5).

Three biblical characters transformed by God's forgiveness 1

Below you will learn a little of the story of three biblical characters who, in spite of the fact that at some point in their lives they acted badly and turned their backs on God, He forgives them and treats them in a special way.

Mary Magdalene

Mary, whose name means "God's favorite" was born in Galilee in a place called Magdala from which her name Mary Magdalene derives. She had two brothers, Lazarus and Martha. family rich.

Allowing herself to be dazzled by the pleasures of the world, Mary became a public sinner. One day, inspired by the God's graceapproached Jesus to ask forgiveness for all his faults.

Jesus was in the house of a Pharisee, who had invited him to dinner. As soon as Mary saw him, she threw herself at his feet, washing them with her tears and rinsing them with her hair and perfuming them with balsam. The Pharisees frowned upon this because she was a sinner, but Jesus, as God, knowing her thoughts, received her and forgave her. For "He who loves much is forgiven much" (Luke 7:36-24:53).

 Being deeply grateful, Mary begins to serve him with her goods and becomes in a certain way one of his disciples. During this time, Jesus, moved by her prayers, raises her brother Lazarus from the dead. She is also the one who, together with her Mother assists and accompanies Jesus when he was crucified.

Magdalene was also one of the first people (who in spite of having been such a sinner but later showed a deep repentance) to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection and she was the one in charge of communicating such great news. Thus demonstrating the great Mercy of God.

Peter the apostle

Simon Peter, who belonged to a family of fishermen, originally from Bethsaida (John 1:44), was one of the first followers of Jesus, became one of his closest disciples, later considered a "pillar" of the church (Galatians 2:9). As for his personality, he was impulsive, with great enthusiasm and even a little stubborn.

Through his brother Andrew he met Jesus (John 1:35-36) and when Jesus met Simon, he gave him a new name: "Cephas" in Aramaic or "Peter" in Greek, which means "rock" (John 1:40-42).

The determining factor in Peter's decision to become a follower of Jesus was the miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11). In spite of his defects, the Lord chose him and little by little molded him for the mission He wanted him to fulfill. He came to belong to the inner circle of the apostles.

An episode that marks Peter's life in a special way is what happened at the last supper and what would follow. When all the disciples were gathered with Jesus at what is commemorated as the last supper, they began to ask themselves which of them would become the most important. To which Jesus clearly responds "that in his kingdom the most important is the one who serves", and also motivates them to continue serving others as he served, followed by a few words to Peter.

    "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired you, that he may shake you as wheat: but I have prayed for you, that you may not want. faith. And you, when you have turned to me, help your brothers to stand firm. Simon said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and even to die with you. Jesus answered him, 'Peter, I tell you, this very day, before the cock crows, you will deny that you know me three times'" (Luke 22:31-34).

And so it happened, at the moment Jesus is arrested and taken to the high priest's house, Peter three times denies having known him. When he considered moments later what had happened, that is, his lack of loyalty to Jesus, he felt a bitter and deep pain in his heart.  

After the resurrection Jesus, in one of his encounters, asks Peter on three occasions "do you love me?" and Peter responded at every opportunity "Yes Lord, you know I love you." to which Jesus complemented each time by commending to him "feed my lambs and take care of them." (John 21:15-19).

With this expression Jesus forgives Peter because he feels humiliated in front of the sin his pride disappeared and helped him to be "humble servant of the Lord", as Benedict XVI said.

Peter then became one of the first and among the most important Christian leaders. Thank you to their attitudes, perseverance and faithfulness in making the message of salvation known, the church grew.

The Apostle Paul or Saul of Tarsus

Saul was a Pharisee who was born in Tarsus. He excelled in the knowledge of the Jewish laws and was repulsed by Christians. So much so that regardless of whether they were men or women The police took them out of their homes by arresting them, and then imprisoned them in jail.

He witnessed the death of his disciple Esteban, who was stoned to death by a group of people blinded by rage.

But Saul, in spite of all this, was no longer satisfied with just intimidating the Christians in Jerusalem. He also asked the high priest to allow him to go to Damascus to continue his persecution of the Christians.

Saul managed to set out on his journey, on the way, just before reaching Damascus he was surprised and dazzled by a strong light that shone around him, which made him fall to the ground and become blind. And suddenly he heard a voice saying to him:

"Saul, why are you persecuting me?" Saul asked, "Who are you?" The voice answered him, "I am Jesus. Go to Damascus, and they will tell you what to do." At that moment, Saul was blinded, and they had to lead him by the hand into the city (Acts 9: 3-8).

Ananias a very faithful Christian from Damascus, through a vision Jesus told him:

"Go to the house of JudasHe went to the street called Straightway and looked for Saul. Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard many things about this man. He is putting your disciples in prison. But Jesus said to him, "Go to him, for I have chosen Saul to preach the good news of God to many nations" (Acts 9:10-16).

He fulfilled the Lord's wishes and went to the place where Saul was and said to him: "Saul, brother, Jesus has sent me so that you may see again" (Acts 9:17,18). Immediately afterwards Saul was able to see again. This brought about a conversion of heart in him, which induced him to want to learn more of Jesus and later became his follower. He was baptized and began to preach with his new followers. friends Christians in the synagogues.

For the next three years Saul kept preaching in Damascus. And now the Jews hated him to the point of plotting his death. Thanks to his brothers who managed to find out about this plan could not be consummated, They managed to lower him in a basket through a hole in the city wall.

When Saul returned to Jerusalem, he tried to find his brothers, but they were afraid and would not allow him to be seen by them. Barnabas, an excellent disciple, was able to convince everyone that Saul had really changed. He began to preach with the Jerusalem congregation, doing so with enthusiasm and sincere love for God. As time went by, people began to call him Paul.

With these facts it is clear that in spite of the terrible and numerous sins committed, one can reach God's merciful forgiveness if one shows true and deep repentance and the conviction to make amends for one's mistakes. For God is simply like that, full of infinite love and forgiveness, waiting at all times and longing for all to approach his presence full of humility. 

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