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Forgive Me Lord

Forgive Me Lord
Help Me To Forgive Others

"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 (NKJV)

Q:    It seems so easy to ask God for Forgiveness, so why is it so hard to forgive others?  

Forgiveness was the essence of Jesus' earthly mission - to come and lay His life down for everyone, so that they could be reconciled unto God, and be forgiven of their sins.  When a person repents of their sin, believes in their heart, and places their faith in Jesus and confessed with their mouth that He is their Lord; they are saved (See Mk. 1:15; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph 2:8-9).  They are to repent (turn around) of their sinful lifestyle and God forgives them of their debts (sins-transgressions), and they are now a new creature in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

While giving His Sermon on the Mount (See Mt. 5:1-7:21), Jesus gave a very important piece of information - Forgive!   He didn't just lightly touch on it, He made a very clear statement as recorded in Matthew.  It started out in vs. 12 while He was giving a model prayer that is synonymously known as the Lord's Prayer.   He said:

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12 (NKJV)

The word, "Forgive" is translated from the Greek word, "Aphiemi."  It means literally "To hurl away."  The word "Debt" is translated from the Greek word, "Opheilema." It means "Sin." So this means that the model prayer included us asking God for "Forgiveness" of our sin, as we forgive those who sin against "Us."  So God has told us that our prayers must be accompanied by our forgiveness of others.  He then goes on a couple verses later to emphasize this by saying:

 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)

It is inconsistent for us to ask for forgiveness and not forgive others.  It causes us to become bitter; brings God's chastening upon us, and we lose our blessings from Him as a result.  If not dealt with properly, it will invite God's judgment as well, instead of His mercy.   We can see this in the parable given by Jesus in Matthew 18:21-35.  We see this point further stated in the Book of James.

For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13 (NKJV)

When we don't forgive others of their sins, we are questioning the ability of Jesus blood being able to wash away their sin - we are attempting to become the "Righteous Judge," and this is not good.  We shouldn't be bringing up another persons past and using it as a weapon against them.  We cannot have it both ways, if Jesus' blood was good enough to wash our sin clean, then we had better believe that it was good enough to wash theirs as well.

I heard it said once, "Our staying in the state of unforgiveness is like us taking poison and expecting the other person to die."

And I like to say it this way, "The temptation to refuse to "Forgive" another person of their offense is simply the second bated hook on the same fishing line that has caught the offender - Satan loves to get two fish with one cast."

Hey Christian, God loves us so much, that while we were yet sinners, He sent His Son to die for us (Rom. 5:8), and we are to imitate God (Eph. 5:1).  It shouldn't be so hard to figure out what we need to do.  If we continue to think about how we have been offended, then we are apt to stay mad and not forgive.  So why not get rid of the poison that is causing us to be sick - spit it out!

I want to encourage you to stop right now and take a moment; ask God to reveal any person that you have not forgiven - now forgive them, as you want to be forgiven.  God wants to bless you and those you love, but if you have unforgiveness, then you are hindering that process.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about forgiveness from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there someone whom you have not forgiven?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord now; ask Him for forgiveness for not forgiving others, and choose to forgive them now.  You will be given great peace and freedom once you do.

Father, Thank You for forgiving me of my sin.  Thank You for making a provision for that forgiveness.  Help me to know if there is anyone that I have not forgiven Lord.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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