For Reading: Matthew 6: 9-15
MEMORY VERSE: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
Sin has been the major cause of separation between man and God, and man and man; hatred towards one another and enmity among brethren. God, the forgiver of sin wants us to share in His character of forgiveness. No wonder in Jesus’ prayer pattern, He emphasized the need to pray for forgiveness from God and for men. Forgiveness forms the core reason for Christ’s earthly ministry and His death. Through
His death, our sins are forgiven and there is no more condemnation or guilty conscience. We can, therefore, approach the throne of grace with confidence. We too have the authority to forgive others (John 20:23).
Forgiveness in actual sense is reciprocal; as we desire God’s forgiveness, He also expects us to forgive others. In principle, anyone who fails to forgive others of their debts will also have his or her debt not forgiven. Jesus described such persons as “wicked servants” (Mat. 18:21-35). Unforgiveness to self and others is sin and bitterness is a blockage to our spiritual breakthroughs and the cause of many diseases. Those who have ever received forgiveness from others should understand that “to err is human but to forgive is divine”. They should also appreciate the essence of forgiveness so as to forgive others, no matter the gravity of their offence. -ANTA
• Do I appreciate God’s forgiveness?
• Do I appreciate the need to forgive others?
Lord, if I owe you please forgive me. If anyone owes me, I forgive the person.
Let no one owe you for bitterness is cancerous to the body.