If You Forgive
by Randy Chambers, 2014-05-20
Matthew 6:14-15, NIV: 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.
True forgiveness is unconditional. That is what is so great about the
forgiveness of God. He sees our imperfection, our self-centered nature and our
tendency to wrong Him, yet He forgives us today knowing very well that we will
fail Him tomorrow. He opens Himself up fully and freely to us, His arms open
wide to receive us in love--knowing all too well that we will forsake that love
if at a particular time we believe it is to our benefit to do so. (Therein we
define "sin"). Shall we demonstrate the Love of God to enemies and friends
alike, then we must also show forgiveness. Shall we truly forgive another of
their wrongs against us? Then we, for the sake of true forgiveness, must forgive
not only the sins of today or the past, but also the future.