Forgiveness and forgiving
In these 40 days we ask for forgiveness of things in our lives where we have made mistakes and sought our own way. We can do this in our own lives as well as the lives of others. When we do this to another it can be called a trespass, or sin. Now we may not be familiar with the idea of sin toward our fellow man but it is a Scriptural principle that we seek to ask forgiveness for wrongs against each other. It is on our shoulders if we seek others we have wronged to ask for forgiveness. It is also on us to forgive all others who have wronged us, in our own eyes.
(21) Then Kefa came up and said to him, “Rabbi, how often can my brother sin against me and I have to forgive him? As many as seven times?” (22) “No, not seven times,” answered Yeshua, “but seventy times seven!
Yeshua then gives a story of a man who owed a King what would be millions of dollars and he “called in” the loan. The man couldn’t pay and he asked for compassion and forgiveness. The King forgave not only him but the debt as well! This servant then found someone who owed him money, and it was a small sum, then demanded he repay him. The King heard and called the servant back in and reinstated the debt because he refused to show forgiveness and compassion toward his fellow. This leads to my next thought,
(25) And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (26) But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
This last passage calls our own heart and motives into account no matter what someone else has done. What is interesting is that we are instructed to do this no matter who the offending party is. We often think that if we are in a situation with a brother that we need to ask forgiveness from Yah, Himself. We often do not seek to ask our brother the same. Is it right to ask Yah to forgive us and leave our brother with a torn or downcast heart? Yeshua also said:
(22) But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (23) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; (24) Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
If we have a heart of compassion toward one another, it could alleviate many offenses on both sides. In this time let us seek to be in unity with the Most High, AND with each other.
Paul spent a fair amount of his efforts writing about the death of the old nature. It is something we must continue to do. If we are not vigilant, we will find ourselves confronting the old nature in us, trying to get a grip again. We must stand firm, and let the old man die.
“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new [man] who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”
(Colossians 3:8-10, NKJV)
All around us, in our exile, we are exposed to worldly perspectives and attitudes that will erode our faith if we are not vigilant.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)