Sunday Service 10/9/11

This Sunday…

Matthew 6:14-15

 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Why does Jesus say this, and what does it mean?  Does this mean that God will forgive me because I forgive others, and conversely, if I don’t forgive others then I will not be forgiven by God and that the reason for my not being forgiven is because of my unforgiveness toward others? What exactly is Jesus saying, and what is He not saying.  Certainly there are extremes to avoid here, but after we untangle ourselves from those extremes, it is clear that Jesus is teaching about unforgiveness.  He wants His disciples to forgive those who sin against them, and teaches that there are serious consequences for not forgiving others.

Harboring unforgiveness is serious business with God, and indicates that something is amiss in our walk with the Lord.  So, what about you.  Is there someone you need to forgive?  Why do we tend to hold on to unforgiveness, what does forgiveness look like in practice, and where can we find the strength to forgive those who have wronged us?

Let’s prayerfully ready ourselves to hear from God about these things this weekend.

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