of Christ its foundation for bestowal." 2
"When we come to ask mercy and blessing from God we should have a spirit of love and forgiveness in our own hearts. How can we pray, 'Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,' and yet indulge an unforgiving spirit? (Matthew 6:12). If we expect our own prayers to be heard we must forgive others in the same manner and to the same extent as we hope to be forgiven." 3
Forgive Him? Forgive Her?
Sounds good, you may say, but how can I forgive the one who abused me or my children or both? How can I forgive the one I trusted
most who betrayed me? How can I forgive the one who caused the
kind of pain that destroyed my life? Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your life, and forgive that person for you. Be an intercessor. As Christ forgave those who drove the nails
into His hands and feet, as He forgave all of the sins that took Him to that cross, He has given us the same power to forgive, and we must use it.
"God so loves us not because we are good and have done Him no harm, but because He is a God of judgment, truth, and righteousness. There is no greater enemy against one than
he who would kill another's only son. The world could have done no greater injury against God than what it did, and yet God still has mercy on us and treats us as His friends rather than as His enemies. No greater crime have we committed against another than the crime we have committed against God. Hence, we as Christians and subjects of His kingdom ought to treat even our worst enemies as God treats us, forgiving one another as He forgives us, lest we be found among those evil servants who are represented in the... parable of (Matthew 18:23-35).
"Peter was a very zealous
follower of Christ, but when Christ
was on trial, Peter denied Him,
and to make the multitude believe that he was not Christ's follower, he cursed and swore. Had Christ been like some of us, when He
met Peter after His resurrection,
He would have almost murdered
him, but instead Christ had mercy on him, and loved him with as great a love as before. Instead of finding fault with him and advertising his evil deed to others, He said: 'Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto Him: Yea, Lord: Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs' (John 21:15).
"Note here what Jesus would have us do. He did not demand repentance from Peter as some professed Christians do from their fellow-men. Neither did He discharge him from service because he had failed. Those who demand confession and repentance from those whom they
suppose to be in wrong, are not following Christ's example, but
instead they are imitating Satan. Satan accused Job before the Lord; charging Job with falsely following the Lord, and to prove his jealous suspicions true, he proceeded with cruelty (Job 1).
"Should one Christian be wronged by another, or if he supposes a brother has wronged the Lord, he has no right to demand confession and repentance