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Matthew 6:14-15 Forgiveness Is Between You and God

Last week, when we were talking about the model prayer that Jesus gave His disciples, I made quick mention of Matthew 6:14-15. I think these two verses warrant a little further discussion. As I said last week, Jesus has already paid the price for our sins, and His gift of forgiveness is freely available to us; all we have to do is accept it. Our request for daily forgiveness helps us to be aware of our own sins, and helps to keep us in a right relationship with God—one where we depend on His love and grace.

Matthew 6:14-15 says that God will not forgive our sins unless we forgive others. We must be careful not to interpret this in a way that will contradict other passages of scripture. Romans 3:24 tells us that we are all justified by God’s grace through the redemption that has been provided by the death of Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that we are saved by grace through faith. It is a gift from God, and not something that we can earn. Therefore Matthew 6:14-15 cannot be referring to the matter of salvation. If you have accepted Christ’s salvation, however, and you want to be His follower, you should be willing to forgive others. Of course, our human nature is a factor, and it isn’t always easy. I know there have been many times that I have prayed something like, “Lord, I really want to forgive, because I know it is the right thing to do, but my heart isn’t quite in it yet. Please help me.”

We must also remember that forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation. Dr. Grant Mullen, author of Emotionally Free explains. “Forgiveness involves just you and God. Reconciliation requires another person. So, just because you forgive doesn’t mean you’re reconciled or that you have to reconcile. Some people are just too dangerous to reconcile with. You just have to forgive and be separate.” Let us hope that that is not true of our fellow followers of Christ. God would like us all to be one family, His family, characterized by love for each other, but since we live in a fallen world, that isn’t always possible. We cannot always determine how others will act toward us, but we can control how we act towards them. If we want to do it God’s way, that will be with love and forgiveness.

3 thoughts on “Matthew 6:14-15 Forgiveness Is Between You and God

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    Admittedly, I don't come to this thread as often as I soulhd and I have recently decided that is going to change. In any case, I want to ask for prayers for a friend of mine. This girl's story is just amazing and so inspiring to me. First she had a son that was born at 24-25 weeks and survived! Through lots of faith and prayers he is one of the cutest things ever and had he been born when he was due would have been born right around the same time as my little guy. Anyway, because of this she could not have more children but had so much love to give, they adopted a little boy from China. Most of the time you hear about adoptions from China they are girls because you know how that culture values girls not. But this little boy has special needs so he was also in need of some loving parents as well. He has some sort of hip problem and has just gone through another surgery just last week this one being more invasive and hard on him than the previous ones. His name is JiaHao and I swear he is so darn cute my husband and look at the pictures and seriously consider adopting another one if he could be as full of happiness and joy as this little guy. Not sure if this picture is accessible as it's from Facebook but either way, you can take my word for it. Anyway, here is the latest request for prayers after he's gotten a staph infection at the hospital. Thanks all, I really appreciate it.Prayers Needed for JiaHao's Infection Hello All,Over the past few days JiaHao has developed a staff infection from his time at the hospital (with a weak immune system). His poor little body is covered in sores and under his cast. He is in a lot of discomfort and is itching. It is very contagious and so that brings challenges for our family as well. We are doing our best to help him as the medicines start to work. Please pray for him and for us. This is not what we had hoped for after surgery. We are just learning exactly what kind of staff infection he has. Pray that the antibiotics that they gave him are the correct ones so we can get this taken care of.Pray especially for JiaHao's itching and the cast discomfort. Also that Brett, Mark and I would not get the infection. Thank you for praying for us,The Moyers

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