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. Why is that?
How can we be so receptive and appreciative of God’s forgiveness towards us, yet be so reluctant to share this beautiful gift with others who are in desperate need of it? Even if they do not know, they need it.
When we so desperately needed forgiveness it was refreshing to receive.
Harboring ill feelings toward others or refusing to release them has a way of holding us in bondage and creating spiritual blockages.
I recall watching the cable guy become frustrated while attempting to run fiber optic cable on the church property. I went to him when I noticed his distressed facial expression and asked if I could be of assistance.
He informed me that the cable he was running underground was not getting through. I told him that the church had been built on top of an old dump site and immediately he knew what to do to complete the job.
I thought, ‘how much debris have we buried beneath the surface of our hearts?’ making it nearly impossible to be in right communication or fellowship with God.
Think about that, too often we allow rubbish to settle in our hearts affecting our relationships when forgiveness is the antidote.
Question: What are you holding on to that has made your heart seemingly impenetrable?
Lord, it can be so easy to forget that we are recipients of your undeserved, yet unfailing love; help us to live in view of what you have done and continue to do for us, Amen.