Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (310 words)
Matthew 6:14–15 (ESV): "14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Forgiveness is an important manifestation of the Spirit of God at work in the hearts of believers. To be forgiven by God and then to withhold forgiveness from man is a grievous act that will keep a man from being freed himself. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required (Lk 12:48).
After Jesus teaches his disciples to pray the model prayer He immediately focuses upon forgiveness on the horizontal. It's as if He expands upon the line in the prayer "forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." Why does Jesus become so adamant about man forgiving man? It is because God is merciful to forgive us and He requires us to be merciful towards each other for "mercy triumphs over judgment (Ja 2:13)."
Are you harboring unforgiveness in your heart today? If you lack peace and feel like there is a wedge between you and God search your heart to see if you are withholding forgiveness. It won't keep you from heaven but it will keep you from peaceful fellowship with God. He requires us to give what we have received. Take a moment today and ask the Lord to reveal any unforgiveness you might be harboring and lay it down at the Cross so you can enjoy the freedom and peace that comes from being forgiven, amen?
Father, we thank You for forgiving our sins. You are a great God and King and we desire to represent You well. So keep our hearts free from unforgiveness. May we freely give that which we freely received in Jesus' name we pray, amen!