Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
FORGIVE= aphiemi in the greek. It means separation, putting some distance between, to depart from, to remove oneself from an association with, to leave behind, let go or send away.
The command from Christ to all of us on today is "we must shew forth mercy to our offenders if we hope to obtain mercy for ourselves from the Father."
Perhaps, it may have been a spouse that has been unfaithful, has committed adultery and now wants a divorce. Maybe it is a child who may have intentionally stolen you bill money to buy drugs, that mother or father who may have abandoned or denied you, those family members and friends who may have intentionally set out to hurt or harm you, that employer who fired you for no reason, that church brother or sister who may have intentionally rejected you for no reason.
We are reminded in Ephesians 4:32-Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Forgiveness! Jesus is the epidome of forgiveness. No greater evidence of love and forgiveness than that which was put on display at Calvary over 2k years ago for the entire universe to see.
Because we were forgiven, we are no longer enemies but friends of the Most High God. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!
People of God did you hear that? Jesus call us "friend"!!! Oh my, that thought just hit me in my gut! I can't stop crying. Friend? Oh God I thank you!
In His forgiveness of all of humanity, those who were, now is and ever will be born, Jesus spoke these profound words that we find in Luke 23:24-Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
Does forgiveness of your offender means you have forgotten about the hurt and pain caused by the offense of those who intentionally hurt you? No! Forgiveness means that you have decided to lay the matter in the hands of God who promises to avenge you.
Unforgiveness is the bait that satan uses to keep us in a trap called "prolonged unforgiveness" and a hardened heart which all leads to an attitude of wanting to pay back wrong for wrong.
No longer allow the seeds of revenge to run rampant in our hearts and mind, but allow the seeds of "forgiveness" through the Word of God to take root in our hearts so that a harvest of "forgiveness" would spring forth from within us towards our offender.
Remember, it is we ourselves who benefit from forgiveness.
Forgive so that love, peace and joy unspeakable can once again flow through the lungs of our hearts and minds.
Keep your eyes on Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Today is the day of release! Yes, release from the debt we think our offender owes us.
As people of God, forgiveness is not an option, it is a command.