Forgive us, as we forgive others

Do you remember learning ‘magic words’ when you were a child? I was taught that ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ were magic words. Other magic words are, ‘I was wrong’ and, ‘I am sorry.’ Still more magic words are, ‘Will you forgive me?’ and, ‘I forgive you.’ Those words are easy to say but very, very hard to say with conviction and proper meaning. I doubt if anyone ever reaches adulthood without being wronged. We are lied to, cheated, emotionally damaged and spoken about in derogatory terms. Some are victims of unspeakable violence, abuse and neglect. When those things happen, we have several choices: revenge, resentment, anger, etc., or forgiveness and forging ahead. Sometimes we may say in a joking way: ‘I forgive, but I do not forget.’ That is not forgiveness at all, of course. Our Lord takes a different approach to forgiveness and He teaches us that approach in the model prayer.


Monday…read Matthew 18:21-35 for a wonderful parable which perfectly illustrates how we Christians are to forgive others regardless of circumstance. Note the attitude of the wealthy man in the parable towards the servant who refused to forgive a fellow servant.


Tuesday…A terrible sin occurred in the Corinthian church. A church member was living in open sin with his own step-mother. Paul delivered this man over to Satan in I Corinthians 5. The man repented and came back to the Lord. Read II Corinthians 2:5-8 to find out what the attitude of the church was to be to this man who repented.


Wednesday…Has anyone ever sinned against you multiple times? Jesus was asked how many times we are expected to forgive when we are wronged. His answer will amaze you. Read Matthew 18:21-22 (again!) and focus on the number involved.


Thursday…It is sobering to think that the way we forgive…the measure we use to forgive others…will be the measure applied to us on Judgment Day. See Matthew 6:14,15.


Friday…Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:31,32 and I Corinthians 13:4-6 contain wonderful instructions for those of us who name the Name. Remember: we do not act like the world. When we are wronged, we remember the great price paid for OUR forgiveness, and we forgive others accordingly.