If you forgive

Today’s Encouragement is Matthew 6:14-15 NLT “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. [15] But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

If you forgive-

Jesus was, still is, Unequivocal – (leaving no doubt, without variance).  He was careful in His choice of words and fully aware of the power of His teaching.  He never spoke carelessly or without purpose.

With this perspective, do you notice the word “if”?

This verse amazes and perplexes me.  Since we know we are saved by faith in Christ, how is it that we must also forgive others (v14) in order to be forgiven by our Father?

Is it possible that IF we refuse to (I just can’t!) forgive others… that we also haven’t truly recognized the immeasurable, incomparable Forgiveness which we ourselves have already received from God?  As the parable in Matthew 18 explains, we do not fully understand God’s forgiveness until we ourselves can forgive others. Matt 18:33 NLT “Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?”

Do you and I deserve God’s forgiveness?  Of course not!

My Friend, choose to Forgive!  Forgive all, Now, choose forgiveness for those who have hurt you, be set free to experience God’s immeasurable grace and His Forgiveness – by releasing the unforgivable harm that has been done to you!

Father, remind us of the immeasurable Love and Mercy which You’ve already shown to us by forgiving us for everything, and open our hearts to likewise forgive everyone who has harmed us! Help us to forgive now and every time the hurtful memory returns.


Matthew West

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