Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors”
Forgiveness is a very powerful word yet it’s also a very hard thing to do. To forgive and to be forgiven have such great weights. I heard of a story of a man who was involved in killing the Jews in the days of Hitler. What he did resonated in his mind every single day and as he got closer to his death, he sought to find peace by looking for any Jew who would find in his heart to forgive him of his crime. He sought forgiveness diligently. It was hard to find anyone who could pronounce him forgiven.
How do we deal with forgiveness? Let’s start by breaking in into two words “For” & “Give”. “For” could be interpreted as Free. “Give” is the act of letting go or giving away what one would be justified to hold on to (confession). If we want God to forgive us, we have to be willing to forgive others (let go what we are holding onto freely), dropping the charges, throwing the case out of court. We have been forgiven much, we still fail the Lord every single day and we cry out to Him to forgive us, what about us forgiving others?
To continue looking at the parable Jesus gave, we see a servant forgiven of all his debt, Matthew 18:28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ Amplified bible version tells us that 100 denarii could be equivalent to 20 dollars. He owed 10 million dollars in today’s value while he was owed only 20 bucks. What he was forgiven should have filled his heart with gratitude and would have been willing to show compassion and kindness to one who owed him much less. Yet in the realm of our day to day living we find it hard to forgive our debtors, those who have wronged us. It’s like what they have done to us could not be done to anyone else. If we only understood what we’ve been forgiven, we would find it in our hearts to forgive. Therefore I believe Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, …” not only addresses our current sins we are seeking forgiveness for, it also reminds us of the great and many sins He has forgiven us of already.
Look at what this man did, he took matters into his own hands demanding to be paid and when this other servant could not pay, he threw him into prison completely forgetting the mercy he was shown when he needed one. How is this applicable to us, when we don’t forgive, we imprison people. It’s also easy to forget and react in a way not expected of you, we need to always remember what He has done for us. Here are some of the results of unforgiveness; it takes a toll on you, it’s a thief of time, it steals joy and peace. Unforgiveness is a poison the enemy uses to destroy a believer, it imprisons you, it hinders God from forgiving us; healing of the body, mind and spirit can be blocked because of unforgiveness, it opens doors for you to be tormented, It blocks our prayers from being heard and answered, and hinders your spiritual growth.
Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. , Matthew 18:34 “And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses., Mark 11:25, 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses”, Colossians 3:12, “12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed”.
Not only forgive, take it another mile, pray for those who despitefully use you, don’t pray about them, pray for them, pray a blessing over the lives. Peter asked how many times we should forgive people who wrong us, Jesus replied seventy times seven meaning always. Choosing to forgive is power in your hands you can use to release someone of your charges against them and open doors for greater blessings. The only way you can want to forgive is to remember of what you’ve been forgiven of and what unforgiveness does. Forgive us as we forgive. Blessings Ev
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