Forgiveness is essential
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you”
Our redemption and reconciliation with God was not something forced upon Him. It was provided by His wonderful grace and arose out of His great love. This free gift of forgiveness came through the great sacrifice of His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It cannot be purchased and it cannot be earned. It may only be received though a humble and acknowledging faith.
There is however a consequence that comes out clearly in Jesus teaching. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Sermon on the Mount with His presentation of what we call the Lord’s Prayer.
- “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12)
- “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…
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