And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.      Matthew 6:12

Few things are more precious to receive than forgiveness. After carrying the burden of our sin, it is wonderfully freeing to know that the one we have wronged has completely forgiven us. Jesus told His disciples to ask God for forgiveness every time they prayed. Jesus knew that we would daily incur debts against God, as we inevitably fall short of God’s standard. A day does not go by that we do not need to ask God to remove our debt against Him.

Jesus warned that we should expect forgiveness from God as we forgive those who sin against us, for God will forgive us in the same way we forgive others (Matt. 6:15). God’s nature is forgiveness (Exod. 34:6-7). If we are to be His disciples, we must follow His example. If God will forgive our most relentless enemy, we can do nothing less. Jesus did not say that certain offenses are unworthy of our forgiveness. We have no biblical excuse for allowing unforgiveness in our hearts.

If you choose to withhold forgiveness from someone, your worship and prayers are futile (Matt. 5:23-24). Ask God to make you aware of those dark corners in your life where you are harboring resentment. A keen awareness of your own need for forgiveness will put the offenses of others in their proper light. Ask God to make you like Christ so that, even when you are being persecuted, you can pray “Father, forgive them.”

  1. February 16

    This is excellent advice for a Jewish disciple who is still trying to become righteous by keeping the Law of Moses. Having to forgive others perfectly in order for God to forgive them perfectly would surely show them their need for the Savior, just as Paul says the Law does (Galatians 3:24).

    Once they believe on Jesus and receive complete forgiveness of every sin (Acts 10:43, Colossians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 5:19, etc) they become a new creation in Christ, with a desire to forgive others in the same way that God has already forgiven them in Christ (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13).

  2. February 17

    Amen

  3. February 17

    What is the most productive approach to search my heart to find if there is any resentment or unforgiveness in it?

  4. February 20

    I recite the Lord’s Prayer many times a day and sometimes throughout the night. I reflect on worshipping and praising God. I confess my sins to God. I confess my wrongdoings to others I am in conflict with. I offer thankfulness to my creator for his blessings, grace, faith, example, spirit, Son, salvation and so forth. And I make supplications unto the Lord for those I’m praying for, including myself, the church, ministers, missionaries, law enforcement, military, politicians, our nation and the world.
    But we do not forget when we have been hurt or abused by friends, co-workers, politicians, family and so forth. Sometime in our lives we may need to check ourselves to make sure we have forgiven others. Sometimes we must forgive someone over and over again. Perhaps even for the rest of our lives.
    If that sounds hard or impossible, don’t believe it. The devil enjoys conflict, holding grudges and resentment. Look at the strangle hold he currently enjoys with folks in our nation bearing grudges about things that happened centuries ago and going back to the beginning of recorded history. And innocent folks who were not alive back then are made to feel responsible. Its is the work of the devil and his minions.
    The Bible says the He is faithful and just to forgive our sins. All of our sins. Every day. God forgives every person who is alive, who has lived and will ever live. How much easier is it for us to forgive those who have hurt us?

  5. Yes, GOD loves us so much, that HE doesn’t want anything to get in our hearts, where we cannot hear HIS voice, and be in HIS presence, because of unforgiveness.

    In HIS presence is fullness of Joy. Life is short, and I believe GOD does not want us to be distracted from our mission of being used by GOD for HIS Glory.

    Forgiving people is a Big problem to overcome. You know, we are human, so forgiving can be very hard to do. Again, this is where we have to be spiritually mature.

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