“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:16 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
It was Sunday morning and we had a wonderful service. The altar was full of those hungry for more of God. As the service closed, an older man in our church came to the organ where I was and asked my forgiveness after a time in the altar. He said, “I have said things about you that I have found out were not true. Please forgive me.”
I had a choice to make. Forgive and let it go or insist on knowing what all he had said about me. Very quickly I told him that I would forgive him. We do forgiveness. One of the reasons is that I want God to forgive me when I’ve done wrong.
This scripture is highlighted in red; which means Jesus is speaking. The next verse reads, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:15 in KJV.)
After reading these two scriptures, I feel Jesus wants us to do forgiveness. He makes it very clear that when we don’t forgive He will not forgive us. It’s a big deal with God.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the many times You have forgiven me. Let mercy and grace dominate my spirit so that I will be quick to forgive others.
Devotion by Kaye Singleton