2021_01_22 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Matthew 4 & 5
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Forgiveness is powerful. As Holy Spirit filled new creations in Christ we have the ability to forgive those who have hurt us, no matter how deep the wound or how wide the consequences of their actions.
Jesus tells us in the Lords prayer to ask for forgiveness for ourselves. He uses the word 'debts.' This shows us we are in debt to a Holy God. Therefore the first step is to have the awareness that we are in need of the forgiveness Jesus gives us, every day.
Jesus knows that other people have wronged us. He understands our pain and knows every detail of the offense, yet he asks us to forgive people just as we have been forgiven! When we decide to forgive, even if when we don't feel it's possible, God will come and change our hearts. We are not letting that person off the hook, but rather letting go of the anger and hurt that torments us.
When God brings us this freedom we no longer hold onto the chains of the past. We are released to take our lives back.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” Unknown
Jesus, thank you for the forgiveness you made available by dying for me on the cross.
I ask you now to forgive me for..........and the name of Jesus today I choose to forgive........
I ask you to heal my wounds of the past and thank you for all you have done for me.
In Jesus name
Prayer Team Lead