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The current “Every Day with Jesus”1 study notes are looking at the Lord’s Prayer and in the last week have been considering “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. Coincidently perhaps, a book I’m reading has discussed the same thing.
The human heart cannot live comfortably with guilt and it can colour and damage every aspect of our lives. In this prayer we have the key and if we fully accept God’s forgiveness we gain a wonderful peace, yet we have to extend this forgiveness to those who have hurt us, however deeply. Do we fully and totally forgive though? Or do we forgive but not forget? Do we find ourselves keeping clear of the other party or situation, for fear of a reminder of the hurt? What if God worked that way? “Forgive us our trespasses but don’t forget them, as we forgive others but won’t have anything to do with them anymore.”
“If unforgiveness is something you are struggling with today, then the place to start, as with any difficulty, is to be honest with God. You’ll find your Father unsurprised and, as the prodigal son discovered, waiting with open arms to receive you. Ask God to fill your heart and mind with a fresh revelation and experience of just how much you have been forgiven. As we take these initial steps in forgiving those who trespass against us, God will take our hand and walk with us to lead us through to complete wholeness and restoration”2.
1. “Every Day with Jesus” – © CWR
2. Ditto - Friday 18th October