As we continue our study of the Lord’s Prayer, we look at verse 12 one of the Strongest verses in the Prayer.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has
for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Your sins and lawless acts He will remember no more.” The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ ”But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. “To you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
The dialog above is Holy scripture. This is what the Lord says about forgiveness. Forgiveness is not an option. If you want to please God, you must first forgive, and the first person you must forgive is yourself. We all fall short of the Glory of God and strive to obtain his approval but we do not stand a chance as long as we harbor un-forgiveness and hate for our brother. We must do as 2 Corinthians 7:1 says: Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God; cleanse ourselves of all un-forgiveness.
Forgiving is a hard thing to do when you have been hurt deeply. Just as Jesus was hurt deeply when the world he came to saved turned against Him and crucified Him. He has suffered greater pain than we can possibly imagine to show us how to forgive unconditionally. One of the first lessons we learn as a child is how to forgive. Your mother forgave you unconditionally and continually at a very early age to set the course of learning this very hard lesson of life.
Sometimes the hurt of a transgression against us is so deep
that we can only go before the Lord and say “I forgive him Lord,”
with no emotion or forgiveness in our heart.”
If you look at the process of forgiveness it is not so hard. We first admit that it is essential, we must forgive in order to be forgiven. This does not mean we have to associate with the people we are forgiving, even though it is sometimes necessary. We do not even have to like these people as long as we love them in Christ, pray for them and continue to confess our decision to forgive them. Many times the forgiveness process requires us to say to the Lord in a very sober, forceful and contrite spirit that we do in fact confess with our mouth that we forgive and plea for divine help to complete the process. Forgiveness is not, at first, a easy process, it takes time and effort on our part. This decision comes from our understanding and knowledge but not always from our heart. As we continue to approach the Throne of God with our confession of forgiveness the process comes easier and easier. Finally after a long healing process, we can finally mean what we say from our heart and the un-forgiveness (sin) is expelled from our soul.
The understanding of what has taken place becomes a reality to us. As we repeat this process of forgiveness for each transgression against us and it becomes easier. We even form a habit of forgiving in Love; in the knowledge of the inevitable, all men will fail us and transgress against us. Forgiveness is not easy, it takes time. The initial “I forgive Him,” over time will turn to, “Lord help me to really, deeply forgive him,” which in turn will lead to, “I forgive Him Lord and thank you for forgiving me,” and finally we surrender to God’s Forgiveness in Love and cry out:
“Lord I lift him to you that you may bless him, send forth Your angels that the darkness in his life might retreat and allow his soul to meet you and come into you and be as we are in you, in love. I thank you Lord that you have already forgiven him and I agree with you that he will come into your kingdom. Thank you Father for loving him when he was not loveable, I will thank you daily for his soul and bless him with your love and salvation, I will thank you daily for his salvation.”
As you lift this final prayer of love to the father, you realize that nothing on this earth can move you and in fact you have become a son of the Most High and you now move darkness and brings light in to the enemy’s camp. By taking “transgression and un-forgiveness” and replacing it with “forgiveness” then turning it into “Love”, we take on the responsibility of our mission to mankind through intercession and realize in fact, we are becoming the Child God created us to be.
And we sit in motion a Law of God that is irrevocable, a law that we should use in all we do and say. This law is simple the law that causes us to grow in the strength of Love and caring for our fellow man and it is plainly stated in:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.