Words from the Heart for Thursday December 1st, 2016
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)
Forgiving As We Have Been Forgiven
When you taste grace and mercy, the desire is to help others taste and see that the Lord is good by sharing this good news. If someone has wronged you, if there are hard feelings in your heart toward another person, remember the grace and mercy you have been shown and then extend that same forgiveness to others.
The daughter of Medhat Tanious, one of two Canadian passengers aboard the EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea this past May 19, remembers her father as a selfless man and an avid world traveler who put the needs of others before his own. “He loved unconditionally,” Merna Tanious told CBC News. “He had a heart of a child, with an unbelievable ability to forgive people.” Medhat was among 66 people who died when EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed during its journey from Paris to Cairo. Even though the cause of the crash is still unknown, Tanious said her family has already decided to forgive anyone who might be found responsible. “Without even knowing, we said we will forgive, we will not do anyone wrong, because that’s not how my dad would have done it,” said Tanious.
There is no greater gift than forgiveness. It frees both the one who has been forgiven and the forgiver. When we have been wronged it is natural for us to hold onto the pain and allow it to fester in our hearts. All this does is spiritually and emotionally imprison both. Jesus came to break into our lives and set us free. The Bible says that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can be set free from our sin and experience God’s forgiveness. And when we do we naturally want to forgive those who have wronged us so they can experience the freedom that forgiveness brings. As forgiven ones we must be forgivers. 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.” These are hard words. The point that Jesus is making is that when we have come to know the Lord, and have known His forgiveness, we are called to forgive others. In fact, we must. God’s desire is that all will know the freedom that forgiveness brings. Are there people that you need to forgive? Ask the Lord Jesus to give you the grace to forgive them and you will experience the freedom that He longs you to.
These have been words from the heart.