Did God give us the power to forgive so we would be able to receive it ourselves?
He gives us the power to forgive others so he can forgive us.
Matthew 6:“9″This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,10your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.11Give us today our daily bread.12Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ‘
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Surely God could just say, your forgiven and be done with it. But he makes an object leason out of it. He says, I’ll forgive you this way, I give you the power to forgive others, and when you forgive others, I will forgive you.
Matthew 18:32“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
Mark 11:25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ”
Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 17:3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
John 20:23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
If you don’t use the power I gave you, I will not use my power to save you.
Our very souls are placed into our own hands. You want forgiveness? Forgive others! You want judgement? Judge others!
May the ten days of awe find you prepared and emptied of all your trespasses, and focused on the Day at hand.
"When you awake in the morning, learn something to inspire you and mediate upon it, then plunge forward full of light with which to illuminate the darkness." -Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
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