Daily D – Luke 11:4
Luke 11:4 “and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.” (NLT)
What is the most God-like thing you can do? It may be forgiving others when they sin against us.
What are the limits to our forgiveness? When can we reasonably call a halt to the grant of forgiveness? The Apostle Peter pondered this very question. He asked it. Jesus answered it. You can find this snippet of conversation in Matthew 18:21 and 22:
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”
We can count on other people’s sins against us. Can they count on a God-like response from us?
One of the proverbs Solomon collected says this:
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
Proverbs 19:11 NLT
The Message paraphrases this verse so delightfully:
Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget.
The Christian Standard Bible puts it this way:
A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
When we pray for God’s Kingdom to come and for his will to be done, we align ourselves with God’s grace and mercy, with his forgiving nature.
Life is so much more peaceful when we live to forgive. Forgiveness uncomplicates relationships. Forgiveness restores our souls, our families, our workplaces, our communities. Forgiveness, like self-discipline, is a gift we give ourselves.
I will live to forgive.
Our Father, as you have forgiven me so extravagantly, empower me to forgive others. I want to become hard to offend. I want to master my emotions. I want to overlook wrongs. I want to hold my tongue. I want to forgive and forget. I want to demonstrate patience. I want to overlook offenses. Give me the strength to live this kind of uncomplicated life. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.