GOD’S FORGIVENESS DEPENDS ON US                     Matthew 6:9-15

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; (v14)

As human beings, we find it easy to ask God for forgiveness while finding it difficult to forgive others. The human nature seeks revenge and justice and wishes that others taste of their own bitter pill. But the realization that we have sinned against God and He has forgiven us after confessing and repenting from our sins should make us let go of our offenders. Today’s passage makes it clear that refusal to forgive others is a denial of God’s forgiveness as long as we are willing to forgive others. When family members forgive one another, freedom of interaction is restored. When we refuse to forgive, we are hypocrites because we are asking God to do for us what we are not willing to do for others. Gratitude for our cancelled debts should make us willing to let go of other people’s wrong doings against us. It may be difficult, but families who forgive flourish. Philip Yancey said, “In the final analysis, forgiveness is an act of faith. By forgiving another, I am trusting that God is a better justice –maker than I am. By forgiving, I release my own right to get even and leave all issues of fairness for God to work out. I leave in God’s hands the scales that must balance justice and merge. “A heart that is bitter towards anyone is also closed towards God. The implication is that I cannot pray or even when I pray, my prayer lacks power. A heart that forgives others is the one that can relate freely with God. Who do you need to forgive today?

PRAYER LINE: Lord, I receive grace to forgive those who have offended me and seek reconciliation with them.

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Forgiveness is the divine nature of God that should reflect in us. (NBC)

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