Matthew 18:34-35 NIV 2011
“In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from the heart.”
As a disciple of Jesus, Matthew understood Jesus’ discourse on forgiveness. He quoted Jesus words in “The Lord’s Prayer” and affirmed it again. Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:14, “For if you forgve other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Forgiveness of sin is God’s greatest gift to believers. Once confessed, they are removed. Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” God calls His people to forgive one another.
The concept of forgiveness is a difficult one to grasp. We are human and sometimes have a hard time forgiving those we love for what they’ve done. Thinking about how much more God loves me and yet forgives and forgest my sins, I’m humbled. Saying we forgive someone is one thing, but forgetting it is another. That involves being wiling to pray for those who’ve sinned against you and turning it over to Him. Sometimes it ends in a daily process of actually physically giving it to Him. He’s called me to forgive others because I’m His!
Who do we need to forgive today?