This passage explains Christ’s law of forgiveness as taught many times by Jesus in the Gospels. We also see it in the Lord’s Prayer – “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those that sin against us” (Luke 11:4) God does not forgive us because we forgive others, but solely by His great mercy and grace. However, as we come to a greater understanding of His mercy, we will long to become more like Him. Having received such a great forgiveness, we will desire to pass it on to others.
Questions for further thought:
1. Would you consider your attitudes and actions this week to be more grieving or pleasing to God?
2. Give specific examples for your answer to #1.
Challenge: Consider the patterns of forgiveness (or lack thereof) in your life. Ask the Lord for help in changing patterns of unforgiveness and bitterness that may be lurking under the surface.
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