As We Forgive
Matthew 6:12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Ephesians 4:32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ*s sake hath forgiven you.
Colossians 3:13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Are there any individuals who have sinned against you that you have not forgiven? However that person sinned against you, you have sinned against God in far wore ways and far oftener. And yet if you have received Jesus, He has forgiven you. If God gave you a million dollars, how could you not give another needy man one dollar? If you multiply 365 times your age you will have the number of days during which you have sinned against God. And you probably sinned against Him a multitude of times each of those days. Since God has been so generous in forgiving your sins, how can you be too stingy to forgive others?
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
If you have received Jesus and become a new creature in Him, that new creature that you have become will have Jesus in his heart and will have forgiveness in his heart. The new creature that you have become will also recognize the sheer volume and enormity of the sins you have committed against God and the triviality of the sins that have been committed against you.
We prefer to make mole-hills out of our sins against God and mountains out of the sins of others against us. We get it upside down and backwards. Here is the solution. When Jesus told his disciples that they were to forgive others many times, they asked Him to increase their faith. They knew that they needed increased faith in order to do that. They knew that they needed the help of a forgiving God to forgive others. That should not be surprising because we can do nothing without His help but all things with it.
Luke 17:3: Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. 5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Got somebody you cannot forgive? Ask Jesus to help you. And, of course, you will not have His help to forgive others until you have received Him and His forgiveness into your own heart. Unforgiveness of others will not keep a child of God out of Heaven but it can certainly damage his relationship with the Lord and his life here and now. Have you noticed that when you have not forgiven someone, you have no peace? Are you having problems living the Christian life? Unforgiveness might be the reason.