Saturday, December 4, 2021
14-15 “In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
-Matthew 6:14-15 The Message
Verse 14: For if you forgive other people for their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Verse 15: But if you do not forgive other people, then your Father will not forgive your offenses.
Verses 14-15 studies: Jesus talks about forgiveness and gives us an alarming warning about forgiveness. If we refuse to forgive others, God will refuse to forgive us. Why is that? Well, when we don’t forgive others, we deny the common ground needed as sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of our sins is not based on the result of forgiving others; it is based on learning what forgiveness means (Ephesians 4:32). It is easy to ask God for forgiveness, but it is hard to forgive others. Therefore, when we ask God to forgive us for our sins, ask ourselves, “Have I forgiven those who wronged me?”
Father, forgiveness is the hardest thing for me. I don’t like talking to those who wronged me. I know you will not forgive me if I don’t forgive those who did me wrong. It is a time that I practice what the Word says and forgives those who wrong me. I pray that anyone struggling with the same thing will practice your Word as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.