Forgive us, as we forgive

BethanySMC - Friday, 25 November 2011 02:59

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mt.6:12

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions. Mk.11:24

Speaking of forgiveness, the bible does not give us a choice on when, for what and how often we are to forgive. Throughout the New Testament forgiveness was presented to us as nothing but plain Christian duty. If a person is a real Christian then that person must adopt the lifestyle of forgiveness, lest he will disqualify himself from being a follower of Christ.

In common everyday life, forgiveness is expressed in giving up and crucifying those feelings of resentment and displeasure with someone who did harm to you, offended or abused you – treating them as not guilty. Jesus and his followers showed a clear example of forgiveness. There are volumes of testimonies available on this subject.

Unless you are truly a follower of Jesus and have crucified your flesh, the ‘natural man’ in you will have a hard time to forgive if someone ‘hits’ you where it hurts the most. Jesus linked our personal forgiveness by God with our forgiveness of those who transgress against us. We transgress against God’s holiness and laws many times a day. If God will forgive you the way you forgive others, where will you be?

 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Eph 4:32  

Many times the illness people have or the chronic health issues, modern medicine can trace back to bitterness and un-forgiveness. Issues with forgiveness can ruin your life, kill your joy, lock you in prison, and keep you away from God’s kingdom.

One thing that I have learned on how to overcome un-forgiveness when someone does evil to me is not to take it personally. How? You see all the evil has one root and one master – the devil, who uses many people, and has many tools to harm others. Would you be personally offended at the rod if someone hits you with it? Would you be offended at the stone if someone threw it at you? No, these are just tools or weapons that are in the wrong hands. Jesus prayed: “forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” You cannot harm the devil on a physical level; our enemy must be fought and won by spiritual principles. Forgiveness and love towards those poor souls that the devil is using – are weapons to overcome evil and perhaps the only way you can help them break free from their evil master.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Ro.12:21

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