Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 31, 2015
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14–15
How do you respond when you have been wronged? How do you react to unrighteous behavior directed toward you? You can forgive fast and be freed from pride, pain, and anger, or you can stay mad and stew in your state of self-pity. Indeed, your forgiveness of others is evidence of your heavenly Father’s forgiveness in your own life.
Since God forgave you, you forgive others, and in turn He forgives you. This is Christ’s cycle of forgiveness. If however, we fail to forgive others we place ourselves in an unforgivable position. Our unforgiving attitude invites unforgiveness from our heavenly Father, so those who find mercy with God are to show mercy on behalf of God.
Jesus not only came to reconcile us to His Father but also to one another. True worship is contingent on reconciliation with people. Jesus said, “Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:24).
Who in your life requires you to let go of resentment? Who has distracted your authentic worship of Christ because of their hurtful words? By God’s grace you can forgive them for Christ’s sake, and then be liberated by the love of the Lord. You know you have truly forgiven when the joy of the Lord is once again your strength.
There is a song of salvation in your heart and a bounce of hope in your step. Forgiveness frees you to trust again. Love is the lever that turns on forgiveness in your heart. Allow the Lord to love you in this lonely place, so you will be able to love others authentically.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:11-12).
Prayer: What does it mean for me to forgive others as God has forgiven me? How can I make love my motivation for forgiving my parents, friends, or foes?
Related Readings: Numbers 14:20; Psalm 32:1; Luke 6:37; 2 Corinthians 2:10
Post/Tweet this today: Jesus not only came to reconcile us to His Father but also to one another. #forgivefast #wisdomhunter
March 7, 2021
“God’s presence is pregnant with possibilities for the focused and unhurried heart.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 7, 2021 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. John 15:4 [...]
March 6, 2021
“Jesus expects you to be just as concerned with your neighbor’s well-being as your own.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 6, 2021 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important [...]
March 5, 2021
“We can choose to forgive the person who has hurt us and not allow the memory to control our lives. In that sense, we can forgive and forget.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 5, 2021 By Guest Writer: Sharon Jaynes As far as the east is from the west, so far [...]