The Need to FORGIVE
The line in the Lord’s Prayer reads like this:
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors,”
Paul tells us:
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift for-not by works, so that no one can boast”
Forgiving others is not a payment toward our own forgiveness.
It’s a sign of spiritual life. Once we understand God’s forgiveness, it follows that we should become more forgiving of people.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'”
There are two sides to forgiving. The first is transforming your attitude toward the person who has offended you, and the second is transforming your relationship with the person who has offended you. Both take courage.
Real forgiveness has no memory. It does not shut other people in the locker of their past mistakes. It makes room for a genuine, fresh start. Often, this transformation of attitude is all we need to transform the relationship.
Pray: Father, help me to transform my attitude toward those who have offended me and give me the courage to transform my relationship with them.
This is my Word of Hope for you, my Friend.
Reflect on this message:
1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?
2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.
3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?