Forgive Them—Day 5

By on Aug 18, 2017 in Forgive them | 0 comments

Forgive Them—Day 5 Matthew 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” As we come to the conclusion of another weekly devotional series, let us remember, although challenging, forgiving others is expected of those of us who profess to be believers or followers of Christ. While reading the comments for this week’s devotional, someone mentioned the need for allowing God to guard their hearts. I thought that could very well be the reason many of us struggle to forgive, not wanting to be vulnerable and the need to protect ourselves. Isn’t that something? We live trying to protect ourselves when the gospel we profess to live by, exposes us and encourages vulnerability. The truth is, when we forgive, because of our...

Forgive Them—Day 4

By on Aug 17, 2017 in Forgive them | 0 comments

Forgive Them—Day 4 Matthew 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  As we continue meditating on Matthew 6: 14 and 15, it is quite apparent that the text is instructing us to forgive; however, the devotional passage does not list the offense. For Matthew to have listed the offense would have, no doubt, given some of us a pass to continue holding others in bondage to their sins against us. It is as if the writer says, forgive and it does not matter the offense. How often I have heard stated, “I could never forgive someone for hurting my child.”  Having five children—all of whom I love dearly—I understand their sentiments. Nevertheless, as I meditate on this, I too must accept that forgiveness is not limited...

Forgive Them—Day 3

By on Aug 16, 2017 in Forgive them | 0 comments

Forgive Them—Day 3 Matthew 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” As we meditate on our devotional passage this week, let us take notice that the scripture is structured to bring to the surface two key thoughts. First, we are very sinful and in desperate need of forgiveness. Then secondly, the passage places emphasis on the unthinkable impossibility of enjoying God’s forgiveness without extending it to others who are very much like us—sinful. Let us carefully meditate on these two key thoughts. Again, we are sinful and need God’s forgiveness, and we are unable to enjoy God’s forgiveness when we refuse to extend it to others. Where would we be if God had refused to forgive us of our sin? Can we imagine the...

Forgive Them—Day 2

By on Aug 15, 2017 in Forgive them | 0 comments

Forgive Them—Day 2 Matthew 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  As we meditate on our devotional passage let us remember that this text reinforces the fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer (6:12). By repeating the same thought so closely together, it stresses the importance of believers being a forgiving community. Have we forgotten that our communication with God is directly connected to our behavior toward others? For example I Peter 3: 7, “You husbands, in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” Can we imagine praying daily and our...

Forgive Them

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Forgive them | 0 comments

Forgive Them Matt 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  As we begin this week’s devotional series, I can not help but think about Calvary and those powerful words that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, spoke on the cross “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus, our example, forgave those who doubted him as the Messiah, and intentionally acted to destroy his influence, dishearten his followers, and do away with him physically. He requires us to do the same if we desire to be in right fellowship with him—forgive those who commit wrongdoings against us. It is interesting that our faith is built on forgiveness, but when it is our turn to forgive, it seems almost impossible to do....