“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” (Matt 6:12,14-15)
Is He really saying that our forgiveness is subject to review on the basis of how we forgive? I must be missing something. Or am I?
Without Christ, our ability to forgive is virtually non-existent. Without Christ, a man cannot ever really forgive, because he does not KNOW forgiveness. Until you know the true freedom that comes when your weight of sin is lifted, you cannot understand what it means to forgive.
Until you see the magnitude of your offence before a Holy God
Until you see the inestimable treasure that was laid down to pay the price for your forgiveness
Until you know how immense your sin was
… you will be hard pressed to reckon others worthy of your forgiveness.
Once you see that your offence was far beyond your ability to repay, then and only then, you may be able to let go of offences against you.
In conclusion, Jesus is not so much stating that if you want to be forgiven you can earn forgiveness by forgiving others, but rather, your ability to forgive others is an indication that you have been forgiven, [Tweet This] that you have been set free and given the ability to forgive.
Without God’s forgiveness, you will never be able to forgive.
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