Forgive Others—Gospel Reflection on Matthew 6:14
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."
Theonce said, “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” (Mat 6:14-15). If we cannot forgive others when they have transgressions, then we will harm them because of hatred. And this is not approved of by God.
Many times, we can hardly forgive others when they harm our interests. A passage said, “Before he was corrupted by Satan, man naturally followed God and obeyed His words. He was naturally of sound sense and conscience, and of normal humanity. After being corrupted by Satan, his original sense, conscience, and humanity grew dull and were impaired by Satan. Thus, he has lost his obedience and love toward God.” In fact, everyone of us is corrupted by Satan and has lost normal humanity, so we easily have conflicts with others. After knowing this, we can treat others’ transgressions correctly without prejudice and forgive them.
Next, love is inseparable from forgiveness. The Bible recorded, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Mat 18:21-22). Since forgiveness is the Lord’s requirement of us, we should learn to put aside the hatred. I saw a passage in a spiritual book, “What kind of idea is this ‘seventy times seven’? It is to get people to make forgiveness their own responsibility, something they must learn, and a way they must keep. Even though this was just an expression, it served as a crucial point. It helped people deeply appreciate what He meant and find the proper ways of practice and the principles and standards in practice. This expression helped people understand clearly and gave them an accurate concept that they should learn forgiveness—to forgive without conditions and without limitations, but with an attitude of tolerance and understanding for others.” When we forgive others with tolerance, our pain and hatred will become less, and our life will get easy and happy.
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