Forgiveness From the Heart

September 6, 2011 § 5 Comments

Forgiving others are born from the heart of God.  Finding even just the possibility of forgiveness in your own heart can only be rooted in the forgiveness that flows from God’s heart.  Forgiveness makes no sense from a purely human perspective.  Not in a world shaped by the forces of “an eye for an eye”.  Matthew 18:21-35 is a parable told by Jesus to illustrate the unity between God’s forgiveness (or not) and our ability to forgive (or not).  If the connection is broken, no forgiveness is possible between human beings or from God.  A merciful king, the parable goes, becomes unmerciful when his merciful act of canceling the debt is undone by an unmerciful recipient who continues to treat others different from how he was treated by the king.  “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart” (18:35).  This parable reminds us of Jesus’ words in John 20:23, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”  All these words of Jesus put in perspective the power of the Lord’s Prayer when we pray, “forgive us our sins as we forgive…”  Who is God sending you to today so that His forgiveness can be a reality in the relationship between you and that person?

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