For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
This is one of those Scriptures we like to bypass. We don’t like to spend too much time examining it. It makes us very uncomfortable. We all have had our share of forgiveness battles. We have all been wronged on some level….some more than others.
We seem to have this need to hold onto our anger and unforgiveness. We even make excuses for ourselves. Unfortunately, none of our reasoning’s can change the infallible Word of the Living God. Jesus makes it crystal clear: Forgive and be forgiven. Do not forgive and you will not be forgiven.
It’s more that John 3:16 and 1John 1:9 sisters. It’s about being obedient and giving the same as we are seeking. Why should we be pardoned if we will not pardon an offense? Well, we will not. We must take the words of Christ VERY seriously. We must develop a forgiving heart and release our hurts and anger to the Lord. We must obey this command. If we do not, then we are playing a game that does not have a happy ending.
Remember this: We are NEVER hurting the offender when we harbor unforgiveness, we are ONLY hurting ourselves!
I am leaving two links to a Forgiveness devotion that we had in the past. Take the time to study this topic further. You may be surprised and you will be convicted and I pray set free!
Forgiveness, part one – Biblical examples of forgiveness
Forgiveness, part two – The cost of unforgiveness
Daddy God, please help me to forgive as I have been forgiven. Please help me to develop in this area. Help me to let go and give it all to You. Forgive me for holding onto anger and bitterness. I release it all to You right now, by faith. I believe that You will set me free as I release it to You. Help me to die to unforgiveness EVERY day. I love You, Lord. And I want nothing to hinder my growth or relationship with You. Thank You. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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