Can you forgive?
Once there was a man that sat on a mountain and spoke. As He spoke many people gathered around Him. During His speech, He discussed several topics including law, murder, marriage, adultery, promises, enemies, love, treasures, riches, judging others, salvation and even prayer. The man who spoke was wise, powerful, described as having fire in His eyes, feet like fine brass, and yet at times as gentle as a lamb. Those who listened and obeyed His teachings were changed forever! He is my Hero, my Lord, my Savior and my Redeemer, Jesus Christ. The scene I briefly described is explained in greater detail in the book of Matthew chapters 5-7. It is known as “Sermon On The Mount”. A well known verse, in this sermon, is when Jesus teaches us how to pray, which is called “The Lord’s Prayer”(Matt 6:9-13 NLT). In this prayer, God reveals His heart on the matter of forgiveness.
The act of forgiveness is so important Jesus mentions it twice; once in The Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” and also in the two verses after the prayer. “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15 NLT).