LEADERSHIP TRAINING MEDITATION
Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins.
If we have unforgiveness in our hearts, when we pray for forgiveness, we are actually asking God not to restore the relationship with us after we sin.
• In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray and in doing so outlines how we are restored into intimacy with God when we have sinned.
• Per Jesus’ instructions, we should build into our prayers a request for God to forgive us in the same way that we have forgiven others who have sinned against us.
• The penalty for the sin that is rightly ours is paid by Christ, and we obtain it by grace through faith, not by any righteous deeds of our own.
• Anyone who harbors unforgiveness against others has not truly experienced God’s forgiveness.
• To emphasize the importance of restoring broken relationships, Jesus tells us that asking for God’s forgiveness for one’s own sins, all the while withholding forgiveness from someone else, is hypocritical.
• We cannot possibly walk with God in true fellowship if we refuse to forgive others.
• We should forgive others because God, through Jesus Christ, has forgiven us.
• If we have unforgiveness in our hearts, then we are acting in a way that is not pleasing to God; an unforgiving spirit is sin and should be confessed to God.
• We cannot possibly walk in true fellowship with God if we refuse to forgive others.