Topic Tuesday

Forgive One Another

The Bite:

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18:35

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

The Bite simply breaks down like this: Give Forgiveness. Receive Forgiveness from the Father.


Jesus teaches this in the parable of the unmerciful servant.  For a personal example, You have sinned against a person and you beg God for forgiveness.  But, when that same person you sinned against, commit sins against you, you run them down and jack them by the neck.  This person begs you for forgiveness and you are like “No, I am not doing that.”  Remember you just begged God to forgive your sins, you have committed.  But when this person wrongs you, you are not willing to forgive.  Guess what, Sister, you are not going to receive that forgiveness, you just begged God for on your behalf, because of you not willing to forgive that person.

Matthew 18, Jesus tell us unless we forgive our brother or sister (anybody) from the heart. The Heavenly Father will treat you as you have done to that person.

Pretty deep stuff. Psalm 103:12 reminds us that our sin is removed from the east to the west. On a compass, those points never meet.  Our sin is removed to untouchable points.  The past is the past.  You can’t take it back.  But God can.  He doesn’t keep a record our sin and we have no right to keep a record of anyone else.

Sister,  I don’t know what you have been through, but I know God does.  We each need forgiveness from the Father. He can’t give it to you if you are not willing to give it to someone else.

The Digest:

What have you done that requires the Father’s forgiveness? And who do you need to forgive in order to receive His forgiveness?

The Chew:

Give Forgiveness to receive Forgiveness from the Father.

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