Do You Have a Posture of Forgiveness?

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”  ~Matthew 6:14, NLT
 
“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”  (The Lord’s Prayer) ~Matthew 6:12; Luke 11:4, NLT
 
Forgiveness is best understood by how God handles it.  Forgiveness is an act of God whereby He takes away the obstacles or barriers that separate His creation from His presence.  When you look to the account of Adam and Eve’s disobedience you can see that is exactly what God did.  He pursued Adam and Eve.  God opens a way for reconciliation.  The one who was offended pursued the one who was the offender.  Essentially we have no way of restoring our fellowship with God.  God’s motivation was to restore our fellowship with Him so He introduces forgiveness. 
 
God also offers forgiveness so people can fellowship with one another.  Jesus emphasized this in the Lord’s Prayer when He says, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” ~Matthew 6:12, KJV.   What Jesus is saying here, is that the one who has been forgiven should have a posture of forgiveness as well.   We should give in the same manner as we have freely received.  Being able to dispense forgiveness regularly, often, and willingly, is essentially the sign that you have openly been a recipient of God’s benevolent forgiveness. 
 
Usually when we have been wronged those who have offended us will usually not come forward seeking reconciliation with an apology.   They will not display any contrition for their actions unless they have been caught.  They might even pass the buck and blame it on someone else.  But Jesus taught us to forgive others the way God has forgiven us.  No apology needed! 
 
We should always remember that God demonstrated His great love toward us while we were still sinning. ~Romans 5:8.  God with ostentatious pageantry lavished His love on us before we ever thought about apologizing for our sin. 
 
“Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that He has lavished on us!  He has called us and made us His very own beloved children.” ~1 John 3:1, TPT
 
God’s version of forgiveness requires acknowledging His forgiveness of us, while we were still sinning, and like so, lavish forgiveness on others too.
 

                                                                                    ~Pastor Greg


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