Forgiveness of Others
Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
The great 20th-century theologian, C.S. Lewis, said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable (in others) because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” This is exactly what Jesus is saying in today’s verse. Within forgiveness, there is perfect symmetry because it replicates the shape of the cross. Our vertical connection with God impacts our horizontal relationship with others, and vice versa.
When we have a grievance with someone or are offended by their actions, it’s imperative that we confront and confess our own sins first. As we lift up our missteps and mistakes to God in prayer, it wakes us up to the enormity of His grace, and it opens our hearts to extend that same grace to others.
Conversely, unconfessed sin can create a barrier within our relationship with God. It stunts spiritual growth, blocks blessings, and hardens our hearts. If we continue sinning without conviction or repentance, then it’s time to take a closer look at our relationship with God and examine our faith.
Giving and receiving forgiveness is not optional for Christ-followers; it’s a crucial aspect of our faith. So, how is your spiritual symmetry? Do you have any unconfessed sin?
Lay it down at the foot of the cross. Are you harboring unforgiveness? Deliver it to God and be willing to extend the same gift of grace that Jesus so willingly gave to you.
If you are wrestling with bitterness and resentment or harboring unforgiveness, it’s time to apply the 4-Ds of forgiveness:
Depend on God and the power of His Word
Decide to forgive and extend grace Disengage from your emotions Deliver your situation to God
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank You for Your gift of grace. Convict my heart to turn from all of my inexcusable offenses and reveal to me any unknown sins. And fill my heart with love for those who have offended me. Thank you for the opportunity to renew this covenant vow with You and Your Son, Jesus Christ. May you bless the cup and bread, as we partake. In Jesus’ name, Amen.