About This Book
Forgiveness is more than a work to do… It is the power to change the world! Altogether Forgiven takes us into a world that too few believers ever discover.
“Forgiveness is a work, yes. But it is not a work in the sheer grit of determination to forgive. To forgive is this alone: Seeking God until you come to intimate fellowship with His heart about the issue and the person.
“Someone asked me with real sincerity, “How do I know if I have forgiven?” My answer was brief. “When you love your enemy.”
“Forgiveness is a choice, yes. But after the will to forgive, it is not a mental matter. As the scriptures make clear, forgive…“from your heart.” When you are hurt, the pain goes to your heart first, then your mind.
“A broken heart is a heart wounded and wronged. Its healing comes only through God’s loving grace and His own forgiveness of your persecutor.”
Martha Kilpatrick, Altogether Forgiven
Altogether Forgiven: A Celebration of Living All Together Forgiven
Altogether Forgiven was first introduced to readers in 2001 as a series of articles published on Shulamite.com, the original website for Shulamite Ministries. After 32 articles that she knew would become a book one day, the Holy Spirit led Martha in a different direction. Sixteen years later, the Holy Spirit gave Martha a new anointing for the subject of forgiveness and a deeper revelation of its power and importance. His timing is impeccable as always, and the world is in great need of a fresh lesson in forgiving and living forgiven.
Are you ready for the spiritual adventure of living forgiven? Do you seek the peace that salvation promises? Have you grown desperate for answered prayer? Do you long to see Christ? Then you need to read this book!
With Altogether Forgiven, Martha greatly expands the accepted boundaries for the world of forgiveness. The spiritual impact of forgiveness and the practical results that follow are bigger and further reaching than most of us can even imagine. If your world is in need of change, forgiveness is the power that can and will change it.
May each heart hungry for wisdom and HOPE find this beautiful book and be fed!
Altogether Forgiven is available at Living Christian Books, as well on Kindle!
We are all on a lifelong journey and the core of its challenge, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven. By that rocky and formidable climb – the sweat of forgiveness – we can peak the mountain of human suffering and gaze down on the meaning of our own history.
For every believer, wrongs are a life-long challenge. There is no harder work in life than to forgive. It is a Labor so hard that few will work the work, which is to say, “Die the death.” Only by our own forgiveness will we comprehend the Ghastly Cross and our Bloody Savior’s gift of innocence.
Innocence quite beyond forgiveness. Given to me, to all.
I am a shameful expert in bitterness. I am all too familiar with its dark paths and soul-traps. I know the ruts it carves in your mind that your thoughts find so easily, so habitually. I am also acquainted with the alienation from God that is the reward of unforgiveness.
Bitterness has been my torment and, in the end, my crucible of spiritual freedom. It brought me to beg the Lord to make me more an expert on forgiveness than bitterness.
I know that my own story, when it’s finished, is going to be only about God’s grace and forgiveness, not my achievement or any honors. One measure of a life’s spiritual success will – in the end of all – be the size of genuine forgiveness.
So I asked the Lord for rich secrets of forgiveness. And I discovered the one secret that is the key to all—to forgiving and being forgiven. That secret is love.
I tell you the secret at the beginning and then I will let the Secret unfold Himself…
Come with me, beloved of God, come with me to behold with new eyes, the miracle of the universe – forgiveness.
And here it is, the Miracle of Forgiveness…
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14 NLT
Matthew 6:9-15 NASB
Pray, then, in this way:
“Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”]
Wonderful gifts, for every need and all protection! To receive it all, to enjoy the very right to its fullness, there is one condition:
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].
Matthew 6:12 AMP
The Lord’s Prayer is sequential, and the 1-2-3 order is unmistakable. It is a list of the Father’s priorities and gifts, all conditional upon this one crux: forgiving others. Even after the amen, this crucial condition – without which you cannot claim protection from temptation nor deliverance from evil – is emphasized again.
To be sure we understand that forgiveness is a life or death spiritual matter, the Lord Jesus repeats this one command, a clear and unmistakable requirement for our own desperate need of forgiveness: We must forgive or lose ourselves and God.
For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:14-15 AMP
Such a price Jesus paid for your forgiveness! So great a gift the Father gave, His beloved Son.
For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His one and only begotten Son.
John 3:16 AMP
You and I were saved by a Love so vast, so selfless…and it rightfully demands of us a reception of that Love and a surrender to this gift of Love!
Such a small cost, to forgive others, given the consequence.
For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
Hebrews 2:2-3a NASB
Let us not be those who fall short of and “neglect so great a salvation.”