Words from the Heart for Saturday May 16th, 2020
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
Forgiven and Forgiving
In August 2019, U.S.-based Chase Bank announced that it is forgiving all outstanding debt owed by users of its two Canadian credit cards: the Amazon.ca Rewards Visa and the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa. The bank retired both cards in 2018 and said it’s wiping out cardholders’ debt to complete its exit from the Canadian credit card market. The bank — which is part of global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase & Co. — wouldn’t say how many Canadians had signed up for the cards or how much debt was outstanding.
There is a foundational principle in the Kingdom of God. We who have come into relationship with our Creator God through faith in Jesus Christ, have been forgiven so much. The sin that separates us from God, without God’s redemption would ultimately lead us to eternal separation from Him. We have experienced great grace. Because we have been forgiven for so much, we are called to forgive others who might have slighted us. No matter how deeply wronged we have been by someone else, it is nothing compared to how deeply we have sinned against the Lord. There is great freedom in being forgiven by God. Why then do we continue to stay imprisoned in bitterness and pain by not forgiving others? God takes this all very seriously. Listen to what Jesus says in Matthew 6:14-15: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” The bottom line is this – if you want to continue to enjoy the freedom you have found in being forgiven by God, you must forgive others.
These have been words from the heart.