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Forgiveness in the Bible–A Commentary on Matthew 6:14–15

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

– Matthew 6:14-15

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

The Lord Jesus teaches us that we should forgive others. But frequently, it’s tough for us to practice this. When hurt by others, we cannot easily let it go but are even provoked into retaliatory responses. Sometimes, when getting along with others, we always pick on them for their shortcomings and mistakes, and cannot tolerate them. Then how can we practice the Lord’s word? The first thing we should know is that everyone makes mistakes. As the Lord said: “And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?” Others will commit sins, it’s the same for us. So, we should know our shortcomings and others’ strengths, and treat them correctly, in this way, we can tolerate them. In addition, when we see what God has done in us, we’ll experience that His love for us is truly great, and He gives us opportunities to repent after our repeated sins. Then, we’ll forgive others because of God’s love.

 

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