Luke 6:37 “…..forgive and ye shall be forgiven.”
The greatest example of forgiveness is shown as Jesus hung on the cross, as He asked the Father to forgive the ones who were crucifying Him.
In the pattern for prayer that He gave His disciples, He said we were to forgive others as Christ has forgiven us. That means that if we do not forgive others, we cannot expect the Lord to forgive others.
Forgiveness is for our benefit as well as the one who has wronged us. If we do not forgive, there is a danger of bitterness growing in our hearts and keeping us from a good relationship with the Lord. The one who wronged us may go merrily on their way, not realizing how we feel, but we think about it every day and let it destroy us.
As people look at us, do they see a forgiving spirit and know that it is because we love Jesus?
Prayer: Lord, sometimes it is hard to forgive the wrongs that others have done to us, but help us to see them as you see them, and to forgive, so that they will see Jesus in us.
Devotion by Anne Johnston