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Forgiveness Starts With A Conversation

Forgiveness is difficult. So difficult, Jesus knew it would take divine intervention to help us forgive those who have deeply hurt us.

In Matthew 6:11-12, Jesus teaches us how to pray by encouraging us to ask God to fulfill our daily needs — physically and emotionally. Not only do we need God’s “bread” to sustain us, we need His forgiveness to move past the past and His help to forgive others.  

Jesus knew forgiveness would be difficult, but He also knew it would be worth it. Forgiveness is so imperative to our health and well being,  it is second only to the food we need to stay alive!

So where do we start?

Experiencing forgiveness starts with a conversation between us and God. In Matthew 6:6, Jesus says to "Go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you."

If God hears our prayers spoken in secret, we can be sure He also sees the secret hurts we carry, the betrayals we've had to endure, and the ways people have fumbled carelessly with our hearts. God sees our deepest pain and is waiting for us to come to Him so that He can show us His love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18).

Prayer is not about having the right words to say because God knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8). God only asks that we come to Him. And He promises that when we do, He will reward us with the freedom found in forgiveness.

Reflect:

  • Who is God asking me to forgive?
  • What’s one way you can take action based off what you read today?

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