Matthew 18:35 – Real Forgiveness

Today’s Readings: Ex 5:22‐7:24, Matt 18:23‐19:12, Ps 23:1‐6, Prov 5:22‐23

Something that stood out to me: Matthew 18:35 “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

In this verse, Jesus doesn’t just say that we are to forgive, but that we are to forgive from our heart. Throughout scripture the heart represents the center of every person. Jesus is commanding that we do not hold bitterness in our hearts, but truly forgive those we come into contact with.

A wise man once said that we are most like Jesus when we forgive someone who does not deserve it. Another one of my favorite lines…”Bitterness is like taking a poison pill every morning hoping that someone else will die.”

Here is a cool story on extending forgiveness and a quick read that helps give a healthy perspective on how to ask for forgiveness. By the way, I like the All Pro Dad site. I am subscribed to their daily e-mail and it is usually good.

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