In our Lord’s Prayer, sandwiched between asking for daily bread and requesting to be delivered from evil, is the plea for forgiveness. While struggling with a continual need to forgive someone, I asked God to give me wisdom. One day when quoting the Lord’s Prayer, I became aware, for the first time, that forgiveness was to be as much a part of my life as eating my daily bread. I also realized that on the other side of forgiveness, I could avoid falling into the temptations of revenge, bitterness, anger, and resentment. It was one of those aha moments for me. They say when you have an aha moment, three places in the brain light up. And, you are much more likely to respond to that wisdom than you would in just reading or hearing it. Once I accepted the fact that forgiving was to be as much a part of my life as eating was on a daily basis, forgiveness no longer became a dramatic, surprising or upsetting command from the Lord.
Accepting the act of forgiving as a daily call of God on your life allows for God’s continual forgiveness to flow on your behalf.
Three things to note in accepting the call to forgive:
(1.) Forgiveness does not contradict God’s justice. Justice is God’s business and will be done in His way and time.
(2.) Forgiveness is not foolishness. We do not subject ourselves to be victimized or abused. And, we must learn from our mistakes and not repeat them.
(3.) Forgiveness does not deny the truth. Wrong is wrong, and sin is sin. We do not deny the act or minimize the harm inflicted. Confrontation when needed must be rendered with truth and grace. Truth that is aware of all that has been, Grace that forgives all the wrongs and the sins. The Bible says truth sets us free.
The truth: receiving His daily bread, giving forgiveness, avoiding temptation and evil are all in a day’s Divine Calling. It is my prayer that as you read and meditate on this beautiful prayer the Lord gave to all of us, you will have your own aha moment and experience the joy and peace of mind that only comes from accepting the call of daily forgiving.
Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen. Matt. 6:9-13