9Talking to God

Praying hands

Part 9: Forgiving and Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the basis of our faith and Jesus reminds us, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. [1]” Part of our spiritual growth process is forgiving those who sin or trespass against us. Because we are forgiven, we are to forgive others. Christ continues to teach us in Matthew six at verses 14 and 15.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. [Matthew 6:14-15 KJV]

We should ask the Lord to forgive us as well. Repeating the prayer of Job and taking John’s advice are great places to start. That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more [2]. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [3].

Christ gave His life for us. Therefore, is there any debt that ANOTHER owes us that is not forgivable? “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven [4].”

In other words, as many times as another person sins against us, we are to forgive them.

Thank you, Lord, that you have forgiven me of my sins. Lord, if I have done anything against you, please bring it to my remembrance. Teach thou me. Lord, If I have done anything against another person, please tell me so I might go to them with a contrite heart. I want the Holy Spirit to rule my heart. I refuse to let my spirit to be robbed. Lord, right now, in Jesus name, I set my will to forgive every person who sins against me. In your holy and precious name, I make this declaration of faith to you. AMEN.

Forgive as often as you want others to forgive you.
[1] Matthew 6:12
[2] Job 34:32 KJV
[3] 1 John 1:9 KJV
[4] Matthew 18:21,22

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