Yesterday our devotion summarized “the Lord’s Prayer.” Today we review what that prayer tells us about forgiveness and what our Lord tells us about forgiving one another.
Jesus teaches us to pray, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matt. 6:14).
Peter asks Jesus a question in Matthew 18:21, “How many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answers him in verse 22, “Not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” After this Jesus tells the parable of the unmerciful servant.
Some people have even reached out in love to those who have murdered a member of their family. This is the type of forgiveness God expects of us when forgiveness is needed.
We need God’s love in our hearts to be able to forgive others over and over again as He forgives us. We also need to forget. I have heard some say, “I forgive, but I can’t forget.” This is not complete forgiveness. God says if we don’t forgive others, He will not forgive us. If we do remember that someone has hurt us, let us forgive them once again.
Lord, thank You for forgiving us over and over again. Every day we need to confess our sins and failures because we need Your help to forgive as You forgive. In Jesus’ name. Amen.