“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12
Today’s blog will be a group of scriptures to think and meditate on about this hard subject of forgiveness.
1. We must forgive our debtors. “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12
2. Forgiving others is an absolute necessity. “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:15-15
3. Jesus says we must forgive often. “Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22. “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4
4. Read the parable of the unmerciful servant showing how sinful it is not to forgive; God sends judgment on sin. Matthew 18-23-25
5. Put away bitterness and anger; forgive as God forgives. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Eph.4:31-32
6. Be imitators of God. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Eph. 5:1-2
7. The father of the prodigal son forgave him and accepted him as completely as if he had not sinned. Luke 15:20-24
8. Jesus commands us to forgive others. “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” Mark 11:25
9. Love keeps no record of wrongs. “[love] keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Cor. 13:5
10. Love covers (overlooks) a multitude of sins. “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
11. Restore with gentleness one who has fallen into sin. “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.”
12. Paul tells us we must forgive and restore one who has sinned against us. 2Cor. 2:5-11
13. Forgive a repentant sinner and affirm your love. “so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.” 2 Cor. 2:7-8
14. When we forgive others, we outwit Satan. “But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” 2 Cor. 2:10-11
15. Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery and treated them kindly. Gen 45-50
This comes from the book “Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling by John G. Kruis. I highly recommend everyone get a copy. God bless!
“Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling”, John G. Kruis, copywrite 1994 published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids.
Scripture from “The New American Standard Bible” copywrite 1995 by the Lockman Foundation, La Habra