Let us go back to Matthew 6:12, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Do not miss it! God’s forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others is meant to be a simultaneous action. There is no forgiveness for us from God unless there is forgiveness from us to others! Yes! It is true! People might not deserve your forgiveness. People might not care about your forgiveness and people might night think that they need your forgiveness, but … and that is a big but … but as God has forgiven us, we must forgive others or we run the risk of not being forgiven by God. At least that is what Matthew 6:14-15 says, “…if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
When we fail to forgive, we erect a barrier between ourselves and God through which His love and mercy cannot flow. Folks, it is what it is. We tend to think that being forgiven by God and forgiving others are two separate things, but they are not. God's forgiveness of our sins hinges on our forgiveness of others.
Who do you need to forgive today?
No one questions the reality of your wounds, including Jesus. Yes, you may have been sinned against. Yes, you may have been mistreated. The issue is not the existence of your pain.
The issue is the reaction of you to your pain.