Matthew 6:12, "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."
Think"Our sins nailed our sinless Savior to the cross." The great 20th century theologian C.S. Lewis said, "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable (in others), because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." This is exactly what Jesus is saying in today's verse found in the Lord's Prayer. Within this, there is perfect symmetry, because it replicates the shape of the cross – our vertical connection with God and our horizontal relationship with others. When we have a grievance with someone or are offended by their actions, it's imperative that we confront and confess our own sins first. As we lift up our missteps and mistakes to God in prayer, it wakes us up to the enormity of His grace, and it opens our hearts to extend that same grace to others. Again, there is perfect symmetry, because it replicates the shape of the cross – our vertical connection with God and our horizontal relationship with others. Conversely, unconfessed sin can create a barrier within our relationship with God. It stunts spiritual growth, blocks blessings, and hardens our hearts. If we continue sinning without conviction or a desire to turn from it, then it is time to take a closer look at our relationship with God and examine our faith. Giving and receiving forgiveness is not optional for Christ-followers; it's a crucial aspect of our faith. Do you have any unconfessed sin? Lay it down at the foot of the cross. Are you harboring unforgiveness? Deliver it to God, and be willing to extend the same gift that Jesus so willingly gave to you.
ActIf you are wrestling with bitterness and resentment or harboring unforgiveness, it's time to apply the 4D forgiveness we have looked at this week:
- Depend on God and the power of His Word
- Decide to forgive
- Disengage from your emotions
- Deliver your situation to God