“Give us this day our daily bread and FORGIVE us our trespasses, as we FORGIVE those who trespass against us.”
The issue of forgiveness is very easy to address especially when you are not directly involved. Forgive and forget we say, not bearing in mind the hurt, the pain, and the broken trust the affected person has to pass through.
Let’s see what the scripture says about forgiveness.
1john 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Psalm 103:2 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Heb10:17 – Then he adds: Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
The above scriptures point to the fact that our sins are already forgiven. Oh! What a loving and forgiving father. He’s not angry at us and we do not have to walk about feeling the guilt of our past sins.
Other parts of the scriptures that talk about forgiveness?
Mark 11:24 – And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Matt 6:15 – But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
This scripture and many more point to the fact that our heavenly father isn’t pleased that we aren’t forgiving, just like he is to us.
So at this point, you must be wondering already…
Do not be confused! The basis of God’s forgiveness is not on our works. The forgiveness we have received from the father is found completely in God and by the redeeming work of Christ on the cross.
Nevertheless, our act of extending a hand of forgiveness to someone who has offended us shows our faith and the extent to which we get the concept of God’s grace.
We do not in any way deserve it, we couldn’t earn it, yet Jesus chose to pay for our sins and forgive us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8) How beautiful!
All you need to do now is, sit back and reflect on this gift of forgiveness God has given to you, how priceless the gift is, how it has saved you from so many burdens and guilt you could be walking about with, the peace you experience knowing God loves you, regardless! Think upon these things!
Only when you are done reflecting, will you understand how important it is to pass this gift along to others, how important it is to forgive someone else freely, how important it is to forgive in advance because humans will always be humans.
In the parable in Matthew 18:21-25, I’m sure you were shocked at the servant who would not forgive debt after having been forgiven of his own debt that can’t be paid
Now, when you are unforgiving, you act just like the servant in the parable.
We have been given grace and so we should give this grace to others in return.
Love and light!