Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
When life is stuck in unforgiveness, it is the worst kind of torment and bondage. Some people have been sinned against or treated unkindly, and they have often been tortured by anger, grudges, resentment, or even hatred. The memories of being ill-treated or offended by mean individuals can be as tormenting as results of the actions themselves. The memories may be so painful it causes you to shiver each time you recall the past. The temptation for vengeance and the wishes of the worst kind to be inflicted upon the one who had sinned against you often burns deep in your heart. However, only the gospel of Jesus can bring relief and peace to both the sinners and the inflicted who suffered the consequences.
When we place our trust in Jesus, we will receive the power of love to forgive those who sinned against us, and to forgive ourselves of our own sin of unforgiveness. Jesus will enable us to deal with our memories and face the awful truth about how deeply we have been hurt. One of the practices I often follow when I am hurt or have been unkindly treated by others is to come before Jesus and pray, and remind myself how many times He has forgiven my transgressions. I would also recall the episode where Jesus was persecuted and suffered for my sins and the scene where He had been rejected and unkindly treated by the people He dearly loved. I will persevere in praying until the grudges and anger in me are finally resolved in forgiveness through His love and comfort.
Jesus will help us to forgive our enemies and heal us of our wounds when our heart is willing. Forgiveness is not a burden, but a blessing Jesus wants to give us. He wants to set us free and restore joy and happiness to our life. Our feelings will no longer be controlled by the enemies or circumstances associated with them. Bitterness and retribution will not be our automatic reflex action toward the painful memory. Instead, we will experience new joys in God’s love for us.
Dear Lord, thank you for granting us freedom from resentment. If we have unresolved bitterness and anger, please help us to deal with them, O Lord. Help us to let go of our bitterness and anger. Release us from the bondage of unforgiveness. Heal the pain inside our hearts. Resolve whatever painful memories we may have by Your great love for us. Forgive our sins arising from the grudges and hatred harbored in our hearts. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
14 你们饶恕人的过犯，你们的天父也必饶恕你们的过犯； 15 你们不饶恕人的过犯，你们的天父也必不饶恕你们的过犯。