Many recite the LORD’s Prayer on a daily basis but forget to practice exactly what the contents says, the call for us to ‘Be merciful, forgive one another!’
On a moment basis; in the midst of our unfaithfulness as man, God continually forgives our sins and has long ago set for our atonement of sins the blood of Jesus and to always accept us into the fold if we are to do the needful. Nonetheless, it is very difficult for the Christian forgive the neighbour, the brother, the sister, anyone who so steps on his or her toes. We cannot forgive the trespasses of the fellow man, yet we want our sins to be forgiven by the Maker.
In our daily walks, our actions or inactions would one way or the other displease another to the extend that they feel offended because we have ‘trespassed’ just as others cross lines of our lives that we are offended by. Would it not be right that we forgive one another so we could maintain a harmonious living in the society? Wouldn’t it be a Godly act to be merciful and forgive one another?
In the book of Matthew, Christ was emphatic for us to show mercy, for with it would we also find mercy from another and above all from our maker.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. – Matthew 5:7
For How Long must you be merciful and forgive one another?
Being merciful, being able to forgive one another takes maturity of mind and of the spirit particularly as a Christian. The Word of God has been emphatic to state that we should forgive one another in an innumerable amount, 77 by 7 times;
The Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
Above being able to be merciful and to forgive one another, you must out of your growth in the things of Christ be able to moved from building endurance to having self control not to react in the immediate instances of being offended by another; for self control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. A sign of maturity in the faith.
Have in mind, God forgave all your sins to be able to have you back into the fold and call you a co-heir of the throne of grace with Him, what more glorious thing to do than to forgive your fellow human. Be of the form of God as He created you, take the form and nature of Christ and be merciful, forgive another!
Dear LORD, strengthen me and help me to always forgive my offenders, to show mercy but above all else give me the grace to develop self control not to allow their trespasses lead me into hold anger in my heart but to wholly forgive them as you forgave me my sins out of mercy.