Matthew 6:12 – Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
The power to forgive is one of the greatest gifts the Father has given His children. Forgiveness is a lifestyle that we grow into while walking with the Lord. Offenses are a regular part of life. Forgiveness is an ebb and flow that we learn how to practice. As the Father consistently forgives us, so we are to forgive those who sin against us. We have been given the power to forgive by His indwelling Spirit.
Matthew 18:15-35 contains some of the most powerful passages in all of Scripture. The whole chapter basically deals with the subject of offenses. Here is a summation of what Jesus taught. If your brother sins against you, go to him alone and confront him. If he listens, you have won your brother. If he does not listen to you, take one or two others. If he refuses to listen then tell the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, let him be to you as a sinner. This led Peter to ask, how often should one forgive? Jesus clearly teaches us that forgiveness is ceaseless for the child of God. Jesus then gives the parable of the unforgiving servant and the results of unforgiveness, he was “handed over to the tormentors.” Jesus uses some very strong language when He says, “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart” (Matthew 18:35).
This implies that Satan, our enemy, is able to imprison and torment those who do not forgive. Forgiving others is the key to real victory in the Christian life. Through many years of ministry, I have learned how unforgiveness is at the root of most problems in an individual’s life. It is one of the greatest avenues for the enemy’s access to our lives.
Ask the Father, “Is there anyone I have not forgiven?” If so, ask for grace and power to forgive them. Yield to the Holy Spirit and be filled with forgiving grace for those who have hurt you or wronged you in anyway. Experience the liberty of walking in true forgiveness as a son or daughter of God.