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Matthew 6: 12-15

Written by: Bella And Mo Date: July 06, 2016

Dear Brownie,

 

Preambles...

Like we said in our first ever joint written post HERE, we will be sharing our thoughts on our chosen bible verse every week or so on a wednesday on the site! Those who have sent us their email addresses have already received their marching orders for the but if you still want to join in, leave your email address in the comment seciton you can join in as well!

 

For today's passage, Mo chose one that we believe has become overlooked.

It is Matthew Chapter 6, verses 12 to 15: 

 

12 And forgive us our debts,

    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]

    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 

15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

Mo's Thoughts

Forgiveness means cancelling a debt. It does not mean overlooking a mistake or excusing it. It means seeing the debt for what it is and cancelling the debt owed. Though forgiveness is often difficult, to be unforgiving is to disobey God. The forgiveness God extends to you is determined upon the forgiveness you extend toward others. We must forgive others in order to be forgiven ourselves, and are allowed to crave from God only such forgiveness as we grant to others. Matt 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

 

The Bible often talks about us forgiving others because of the forgiveness we have found in Christ. We are specifically commanded to forgive others before we ask the Lord for forgiveness. Forgiveness should not be done hypocritically. We should be honest in our forgiveness of others.We may not be able to forget the past actions of others, but we don’t have to hold that sin against them in our future dealings with them.

 

Forgiveness is a topic that we need to study and understand. These are trying times in our lives when we will be put to the test. Forgiveness may not be easy. However, it is a fundamental part of living a Godly life that must be habitual. We must learn to forgive so that they can live a victorious Christian life.

 

10 Reasons Why Forgiveness is Important

1.  Unforgiveness stands between you and God. Why? Because we are all sinners, and through Grace God has forgiven us and sees us as righteous. If God can forgive us all the awful things we’ve done, we can forgive others.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

 

2.  If you harbour unforgiveness you will be holding onto bitterness and thinking badly of others, sinning and opening a door to the enemy to get into your life and cause havoc.

29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.” Proverbs 24:29

 

3. Forgiveness is mainly for your benefit, not for the benefit of the person you are forgiving. As long as you are feeling like a victim, you are carrying a heavy burden. Forgiveness allows you to put the burden down. And simply walk away from it.

 

4. Choosing not to forgive gets us stuck in our own past, preventing moving forward. Without forgiveness you are constantly stuck in your own past. Many people waste years of their lives in bitterness and resentment when they could, through forgiveness, have lived that time in joy.

 

5.  Forgiving helps us grow. Once you have forgiven anyone in your life you feel has harmed you, you suddenly find you have more time for thinking good productive and useful happy thoughts instead of negative and useless self-centred complaining.

 

6.  Forgiveness leads to healing. Holding onto resentment and not forgiving is sinful and seems to stand in the way of physical wellness.  

 

7.  Forgiveness is a free gift! Free to give and to receive.

 

8. Forgiveness leads to purification of the spirit.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

9. Being forgiving is empowering. Forgiving those who have done you wrong gives you the power back. It unbinds you from the effects of that transgression and opens the door to the Lord to deal with the situation.

 

10. Jesus tells us to, He suffered and died and was resurrected so that we could have forgiveness. You choose to seek the best for the other person even when you feel hurt and angry. It is to deal with others as Christ has dealt with us.

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

 

 

Bella’s Thoughts

 

The Lord’s prayer has to be the most insightful part of the bible to me. It doesn’t focus on parables or the works of Jesus on earth or give any form of crime and punishment speech. It’s a teaching passage. It teaches us EXACTLY how to pray. But that’s a focus for another day. Today, we’re dissecting the Lord’s prayer and focusing on verses 12-15.

When Mo chose these verses I sat for a while thinking to myself, I’ve seen this a hundred times. What else can I possibly get from this passage? I started off by thinking about how God views our sin. Imagine your friend got slapped by someone and then you in turn got slapped by your friend. Does this mean that if your friend wants to be forgiven, she would have to forgive the person who slapped her as well? Yes. Does this mean that God looks at our sin the same way we look at the sins of other people? Highly doubtful. Does this mean that our forgiveness of others in some way determines how easily if at all we are forgiven? Most definitely

Verses like this remind us of how much control we actually do not have,lol. With all the things we are capable of doing on earth, it’s easy to forget that we are only capable because a higher power, our God has LET us be capable. Having the power to eat what you want, say what you want and do what you want often leads you to thinking you’re on your own in this world, doesn’t it? But there’s nothing wrong with acknowledging the fact that we all need help! We are not capable of forgiving our own sins because forgiveness doesn't come from us! Even when we forgive others, we do it with a greater purpose in mind, not because it’s convenient or fun, because it’s the right thing to do! And HOW do we know it’s the right thing to do? Because it’s exactly what we want from God.

For me, the verses show just how intently you should think of others’ actions and your forgiveness of them when asking God for your daily dose of forgiveness. I’m here thinking to myself ‘Imagine if God gets as pissed as I do when someone does something to me… But then he always forgives me so readily. Why is it so  hard for me to do the same?’

One of my favourite things about the bible is how weirdly interconnected everything is. The new commandment tells us to Love our neighbours as ourselves. Yes. The verse then tells us that we need to forgive our neighbours so that our God can forgive us. Yes. Does this in turn mean that we must forgive our neighbours as though we are forgiving ourselves? *ding* *ding* Ding*. I think we have a winner!

As soldiers of Christ, you've received your marching orders for the week! Forgive and forgive sincerely!

 

Have an amazing week! Don't forget to leave your email in the comments if you'd like to be emailed your marching orders!

 

Be Better Brownie,

Bella & Mo

XX

 





1 Readers Commented

  1. Indiana July 06, 2016 | Reply
    In all my walk, this is definitely one of the hardest things for me to do. I like to look as forgiveness as something you do for yourself . Heb 12:15 tells us that we defile ourselves by not forgiving and to defile yourself is to defile the temple of God. Therefore, God can no longer reside in you. I think we don't take forgiveness as seriously as we should. Thanks so much for sharing. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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