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23 December 2010

Forgive Me

10:28 AM Posted by steve flores , , No comments
[Matthew 6:14-15] These two verses are difficult to take in.  One of the main reasons I decided to read Matthew, specifically Jesus’ words, was because I wanted to know if I was following the One I admitted to following.  Through reading, I’ve realized I didn’t resemble Who I followed.  I’ve been impacted with His words, yet those words didn’t produce action many times.  So, it’s a difficult truth to face internally, yet even more difficult truth to share publicly.  With these two verses, Jesus communicates a strong message of reality.  And the reality is this: What you want God to forgive, He can’t if you haven’t.  In the face of that reality, I have posed a question to myself.  I’ll share it with you: Is what you say you have (a relationship with Jesus) real?

Redemption, salvation, was paid for by the brutality of the crucifixion.  Jesus was the model for forgiveness.  While hanging on the cross, for a senseless crime, despite the pulling at His beard, the spitting, the mocking, and the beating He endured, He uttered these words, “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing.”  He demonstrated forgiveness amidst the hurt, betrayal, agony, and willful, strategic attacks.  And He did this more than for us to admire, but to follow.
So, if you’re like me, and call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, you’ve encountered a prayer experience like this: understand Who paid for your sin, confession of sin, receive forgiveness of sin, and then follow Jesus.  But, what about what Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 as He instructed us how to pray?
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

If the basis of being a follower of Jesus is forgiveness, yet we choose to not forgive, then are we who we say we are?  Do we follow Who we say we follow?