THE RULE BY WHICH THE LORD WILL DEAL WITH US
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:12.
“… Christ declares that this is the rule by which the Lord will deal with us: “If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14, 15). Wonderful terms! But how little are they understood or heeded. One of the most common sins, and one that is attended with most pernicious results, is the indulgence of an unforgiving spirit. How many will cherish animosity or revenge and then bow before God and ask to be forgiven as they forgive. Surely they can have no true sense of the import of this prayer or they would not dare take it upon their lips. We are dependent upon the pardoning mercy of God every day and every hour; how then can we cherish bitterness and malice toward our fellow sinners!
The fact that we are under so great obligation to Christ places us under the most sacred obligation to those whom He died to redeem. We are to manifest toward them the same sympathy, the same tender compassion and unselfish love, which Christ has manifested toward us.” –God’s Amazing Grace, p. 328.
Questions to think about:
Which rule will God use to forgive us?
Do we manifest sympathy and tender compassion and unselfish love to those who hurt us?
Are we dependent upon the pardoning mercy of God every day and every hour?