Thought for the Day #243

 

 

IMPERATIVE FORGIVENESS

 

 

Matthew 6:14-15    New American Standard Bible

 

 14“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  15“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

 

 

Nearly everyone knows the Lord's Prayer. Most have no knowledge of the scriptures that follow.  They are actually an extension of the Lord's direction concerning our prayer presentations.

 

We are reminded that verse 12 states” forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors." This makes God's ability to forgive our debts dependant upon us for giving others and their debts toward us. What a sobering thought. 

 

It is imperative that we learn the secret of extending grace and forgiveness to those who have offended us

 

Our refusal to forgive someone else can actually make it impossible for God to forgive us. Bitterness and resentment restricts the extension of God's forgiveness and mercy. The hardness of our heart injures no one but ourselves.

 

The message is clear.  Each time we quote the Lord's Prayer we must continue to understand the conditions of receiving the promise that it affords.

 

We must soften our heart and extend grace and mercy toward those who have transgressed against us. Then, we can approach God and petition him to forgive us for our failure and sin.

 

It is imperative that we forgive so that we may be forgiven!

 

Prayer:

 

Dear God in heaven it is very hard for me to forgive those who have injured me.  I cannot forget their transgressions.  My bitterness consumes me.  I know that this is wrong.  I am determined to change and extend forgiveness to those who have wronged me.  Please help me not to be bitter.  Please forgive me even as I forgive them.  I pray and Jesus’ name.  Amen.