Forgive for Forgiveness
Matthew 6:14-15 â€œFor if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.â€
I feel like this subject is always on us all and has definitely been on my mind this week. We have all been wronged in so many ways throughout our lives in various aspects. At the same time if weâ€™re being honest we have all wronged others in some fashion. This is a direct result of the sinful nature that our flesh creates. We were born this way, and itâ€™s only through His grace that we can have salvation and donâ€™t have to suffer to this end without the ability to forgive nor receive it.
This verse is however a double edged sword it what it tells us. We must forgive in order to be forgiven. I canâ€™t myself leave a person or situation in my own life unforgiven and yet expect the same from Jesus. When you read His word this doesnâ€™t really surprise I donâ€™t think. He wants us to be His example and image on Earth so we must do exactly what He expects of us. Forgive to be forgiven. He wants us to be His light here so we must show that to the world.
I know there is a lot more that goes into forgiveness than just saying the words â€œIâ€™m sorry.â€ Whatever you say itâ€™s the true feeling of your heart and your intent of seeking forgiveness and admitting to your shortcomings or failures. Itâ€™s also though the admission of your own missteps and asking both God and others for grace, understanding, and forgiveness.
Ultimately, I think we should all strive to understand where we have not only sinned against God but also against others and admit to that and seek repentance and thus forgiveness. We should also look to other relationships in our lives and if a hand is held out after a wrongdoing accept it and forgive as He has forgiven us.
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