We are continuing with our problem solving series with something that will help us get on the right path with Christ. Getting rid of any un-forgiveness we are carrying.
Jesus teaches us in the Lord's Prayer that in order for us to receive forgiveness we must also forgive those that have sinned against us. He uses the terms debt and debtors which is so symbolic as he paid all our debts when he died on the cross.
This is probably one of the hardest things to do today. So many people think it is ok to hate those that do wrong to us. You can't turn on the TV without hearing how this politician hates this one, or people in one country hate the people in the other country, or I can't believe you would talk to him after what he did. We have grown to be a hateful society.
That is not the way we should live our lives. It is hard to forgive people that have wronged you. But in order to truly free ourselves from the feelings of guilt we must let go of all of the of our old ways and let Christ live through us.
This week as you pray, pray for those who have wronged you, you will truly start to see life through Christ eyes.
Have a blessed week!
The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors
And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
21Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?"
22And Jesus said unto him, "I say not unto thee, until seven times, but until seventy times seven.
23"Therefore is the Kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king who would settle accounts with his servants.
24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him who owed him ten thousand talents.
25But inasmuch as he could not pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26The servant therefore fell down and did homage to him, saying,`Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.'
27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him and forgave him the debt.
28But the same servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred pence. And he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, `Pay me what thou owest.'
29And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, `Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.'
30And he would not, but went and cast him into prison till he should pay the debt.
31So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32Then his lord, after he had called him, said unto him, `O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me.
33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?'
34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother's trespasses."