4/15/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

We all want God to forgive us when we have sinned. We all want that feeling of relief that comes when we know, without a doubt, that God has set before us His mercy and extended His forgiveness. We all want His forgiveness, but we rarely consider the the requirements set forth by God. We want His forgiveness, and He is willing to extend it; but it will only happen in the manner we extend it to others. If we refuse to forgive, God will react with the same manner as it comes to our sins. Maybe this sounds unfair, maybe this makes God seem less Godly, but there is a purpose behind this ideology. A heart that will not forgive, a heart that will not release its heart, is a heart that cannot truly receive its own forgiveness. It’s a heart that will continually question whether it has been forgiven. It’s a heart that will not believe that God can forgive, because it cannot forgive. Setting all of that aside, we find the most obvious reason: why should we be forgiven, why should we have a debts canceled, why should we avoid the judgment for our sins, when we will not allow others to receive the same? It’s the adage, do unto others….

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see the necessity behind extending forgiveness. Help me understand that my unwillingness to forgive will affect my eternal placement.

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