Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 26, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Matthew 6:12 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (NIV)

Luke 23:34 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (NIV)

In Luke, when Jesus asked God to forgive those crucifying Him, they didn’t ask for forgiveness.  We are told to forgive.  We are not told we don’t need to forgive when they don’t ask for forgiveness.  Forgiving doesn’t mean we don’t remember.  It means we no longer hold them accountable for what they did.  When we forgive someone, we must not tell others what they did and how we forgave them.  That is nothing more than pride.  Also, revealing the sin of another might hurt others.  In our forgiveness we want God’s best for the one we forgive.  When they have broken the law, they are still accountable to the law and face the consequences set by the law.  They don’t face consequences from us, personally.  Forgiveness must be complete.  We must not only forgive them, we must pray for them as Jesus prayed for those who crucified Him.  Forgiveness is between the one hurt and the one who did the hurting.  Let us learn to keep it that way.  Let us live a life of real forgiveness for God has forgiven us.

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