Forgiving Others

Matt. 6: 9-13:
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Yesterday we looked at the importance of confession and repentance, today let’s unpack the caveat that Jesus ties to our confession of sin, “Forgive our sins AS we forgive those who have sinned against us.” In fact this is the only part of the prayer that Jesus comes back to when the prayer is over:
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,  but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14, 15 ESV)
Plainly put: God will forgive us at the same pace that we forgive others. Now, let’s be clear about what forgivenessforgiveness is and what it isn’t. Forgiveness is giving up our right for payback and giving that over to God. It is NOT saying that what’s been done to us is ok or that it’s not a big deal.
God wants us to forgive those have sinned against us because it models what He’s done for us, but it’s because He knows what bitterness does to the one who harbors it. Yes, you need to ask God to confess and repent of your sin, but make sure that as you do that you’re forgiving those who have wronged you.
Take some time asking The Lord to turn the spotlight on your heart to show you if there is anyone that you’re holding offence or unforgiveness toward. If there is, it’s time for a face to face meeting over coffee, a letter or phone call. Go find freedom.

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