” Father forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. “
comes from a very familiar passage and follows into
” But if you don’t forgive, others their sins, your father will not forgive your sins.”
The message of the hour is FORGIVENESS!
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
” Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back. But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Wjat this parable teaches us, is FORGIVENESS! If someone owes you anything, forgive their debt, if someone has grugdes or unspoken feelings, forgive them their debt. If you have not forgiven yourself, now is the time. For if you forgive those who tresspass against you, your father will forgive your trespasses against him.
Examine your heart, right now and forgive those who trespass against you, and even those you have caused harm. Sometimes people hold grudges because of the past, and can’t let go, because the issue is rooted. Forgive! Set yourself free! What they do with forgiveness is up to them, you do your part, and your heavenly father who sees what was done in secret, will reward you openly!
I FORGIVE! Myself for allowing the pain, and others for causing hardships. I let go! Setting myself free!
Can you let go?