And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…Matthew 6:12
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful acts in the universe. Few things are more precious. There are people, friends and family we interact with everyday, in which we need to give and receive forgiveness. We in our own sin carry a heavy weight, it is so wonderful to be set free, to know that the One who we did completely wrong, has completely in His love and mercy forgiven us from our sin.
Jesus when speaking to his disciples asked them to pray for forgiveness from God every time they prayed. Is this something we are missing in our daily activities? Our Lord knew that we as human beings would on a daily basis, incur debts against God, and we would fall short of what our Lord intended for our lives. There is not a single day that goes by, that we should not stop and take the time to ask God to remove our debt that we have committed against Him.
Jesus taught us, that while we forgive those who have done us wrong, we in turn should expect forgiveness from God who will forgive us in the same way and manner that we forgive others.
Matthew 6:15 (New King James Version)
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The very nature of God is based on forgiveness.
And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.
If we are to be Disciples of Christ and servants of God, we MUST follow His example. If God was able to send his Son Jesus to die for our sins, in order that we might be forgiven, and if He was able to teach us to forgive even our most ruthless adversaries, including family, friends, husbands, wives, children and even our ENEMIES. If our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ were able to forgive those who even took His life, how can we do anything less?
There are no rules on who or what we can forgive…Jesus did not say we could forgive some and forget others…..There is no biblical excuse to allow us to NOT forgive someone who has done us wrong. If you are holding anger, resentment and you are not able to honestly forgive someone, I mean 100% in totally, your heart, I am sorry to tell you, but according to God’s Word, your are WRONG!
If you choose to not forgive those in your circle of life, your prayers to God, your worship to God become worthless and futile. You better think about that!
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
It’s OK, we are all human and we will all in one sort or another withhold forgiveness. It is our human nature. But you can pray to God and ask Him to make you aware of those closed off dark corners of your life, where you are holding anger, unforgiveness, and resentfulness against someone in your life, and you can both give and receive forgiveness. POW. Right now the Holy Spirit has revealed that area of your life to you. If you can allow the Spirit of God, to see your own need for forgiveness, and to forgive the offenses of others against you and put them in proper prospective under our Lord, you can have a breakthrough in your life.
If we can understand our own need to receive forgiveness, and the Godly principle of forgiving those who have done us wrong, we can ask God to make us like Christ, so that even if we were to find ourselves in the darkest of hours of existance, even as Jesus was unjustly wronged, and if we were being nailed to a cross, and if we were innocent as Jesus was even in death, we could cry out “Father forgive them”. WOW…What a prayer…Even in death He prayed forgiveness. The ultimate example…There is nothing that anyone has done to you that can top that. Take Christ’s example, do yourself a favor, and forgive, and be forgiven.