More Than Words | Matthew 6:14-15 | Devotional
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 forgive your sins.
C.S. Lewis says that everybody loves the idea of forgiveness…until they actually have to forgive someone. That’s true, isn’t it? Forgiveness is a tremendous spiritual truth! What could be better? When we genuinely go to the Father with repentance, he is “faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). He “blots out” our transgression from the record and chooses to forget our sins (Isaiah 43:25). David writes that God removes our sins from us “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalms 103:12).
That’s great news! Just don’t ask me to forgive anyone else when they sin against me. I mean, I’m glad God forgives me, but how can I forgive the person who said those hurtful things? How can I forgive the boss that derailed my career? How can I forgive my ex-spouse who has brought such pain to me and the kids? Sure, I love the fact that God forgives me for all the things I do to him…but don’t ask me to forgive others for the things they do to me.
Sorry, it doesn’t work like that. The spiritual truth of forgiveness must be understood, accepted, and applied. Spend some time reading and re-reading our passage today. After that, you may need to pick up the phone….
Father, don’t let us live with heads full of truth and hearts empty of action. In Jesus’ name. Amen.