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The Scriptures – Matthew 5:23-24; Mark 11:25
Suppose you are offering your gift at the altar. And you remember that your brother or sister has something against you. Leave your gift in front of the altar. First go and make peace with them. Then come back and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-24, NIRV).
And when you stand praying, forgive anyone you have anything against. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins (Mark 11:25-26).
We are taught the seriousness of forgiveness in our relationship with one another. In order to be forgiven by our heavenly Father for all we have done, we need to be willing to forgive one another.
Often times, we don’t take our relationships and conflicts as vital as we ought to. Many times, we allow other things to get in the way. Our pride and grudges just happen to be two possible reasons. Whatever the reasons, we need to remain willing to forgive and work toward reconciliation.
There will be occasions where the other person isn’t willing. Keep forgiving and demonstrating love toward them, because of what Jesus has done for you.
Remember how we got here in the first place – “We love, because He first loved us (see 1 John 4:19).” He loved us, even when we wronged Him and were deserving of punishment – yet He chose to extend grace and bear the weight of our punishment from sin. Jesus Christ, He went to the cross on our behalf. Though He knew no sin, He bore our transgressions (see Is. 53:4). Because of Christ’s great love and sacrifice, we have gone from being enemies of God to children of God.
God chose to forgive us, even when we were undeserving and didn’t even realize the wrongs we committed. Shouldn’t this make us desire to forgive others, when they have wronged us? It all starts with the cross and empty tomb!
This is the God we serve. He is all powerful, and makes Himself readily available to us. God is well pleased, when we make the necessary steps to forgive others. God has never delighted in our determination to be unforgiving for that what person has said or done. Jesus died on the cross, for them too. Jesus is all powerful, and stands ready to be our Savior, Shepherd, and Helper.
“In that grace we stand (see Romans 5:2).”
His grace is what equips us to forgive. Keep seeking Jesus, especially to help you forgive those around you. You don’t have to do this alone. God has sent you a Helper – the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s job is to lead you. Let Him lead you!
Lord God, Thank You for Your unexplainable and amazing love that You have demonstrated toward me. Teach me about Your kind of forgiveness. I need You to mend my broken relationships. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.