Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 29, 2010

Forgiveness

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Mt 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors

Both of these phrases must be taken together.  They are connected by a very small but also very big word.  “As” holds the key to these two phrases.  We are asking God to forgive us in the same way we forgive others.  That is a tall order.  So often we like to hold grudges.  So often we like to remind people of things they have done to us.  Yet, when God forgives us He never brings it back up to us.  He says our forgiven sins are as far as east is from the west.  East and west never meet.  How do we forgive those who have hurt us?  Only with the help of God and His love are we able to do this.  We must call on God’s Holy Spirit to fill us with love and compassion for others.  We must recognize that we are capable of doing just as much wrong as another.  We must learn to love God’s way – unconditionally.  To do this we must recognize our own sinful nature and humbly confess before God.  Even the smallest amount of unforgiveness in us will hamper our relation with God.

 

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