“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” - (Matthew 6:14, niv).
Have you ever noticed the presence of a little two-letter word in the Lord’s Prayer? It says, “And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us” (Matthew 6:12, nlt). Did you catch that? The word as implies that we cannot be forgiven until we offer forgiveness to others. In case we miss the as, Jesus makes it very clear a couple of verses later: “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (v. 15, niv).
Forgiving someone who has treated you poorly, said evil things about you, even broken up your family, is a very difficult thing to do. But God commands us to do so, and He never commands us to do anything that He wouldn’t provide the ability to do.
Right now, pray for God to give you the strength to forgive those who have hurt you. Not only will God give you the power to do so, but He will also empower you supernaturally to love them, even though you hate what they did. Remember, bitterness is the poison we swallow while hoping the other person dies. Enjoy the release of this terrible burden by experiencing the cleansing power of forgiveness.
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