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Lesson # Matt. 6:14-15
Study Material - Matt. 6:14-15
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14 'For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 'But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
The prayer concluded, now Jesus revisits the portion dealing with other people. Forgiveness is one of the biggest hurdles that we have to get over in our life, if not the biggest.
Prior to salvation the issue is Christ. To believe or reject. But once that hurdle is crossed, then as a believer in Christ, we are faced with daily living and growth readying us for eternity. Our destiny is not in this world, but with Christ and in the sharing of His rule in eternity as well as many, many other things. You should probably review the blessings list on the Bible Study Index page.
One of the biggest deterrents to advancing in the spiritual life is our own stubborn attitude toward others. We have more interactions with people and more potential problem situations than any other single source of problems. Sure our machinery breaks down, but people fix them or they don't fix them. We have to deal with nature but you can't really yell at the wind, rain, or volcano. Wouldn't do much good anyway. But with people we have on going dealings everyday.
Starting with those in your immediate periphery, your family, spouse, children, extended family, ex-spouses, step children and so forth. These are great sources for trouble. On the road, even the strangers you share the highway with can be a problem in their rude driving behaviors. At work, in social clubs, in parking lots, anywhere that people exist, there is always the potential for an adversarial confrontation.
Sometimes these confrontations are on purpose, other times they are mere accidents. But either way the answer to them all is the same - tolerance, and forgiveness. What are these? Tolerance is understanding people and then expecting the various types of reactions that people have in various situations, then since you are forewarned, you deal with it all in a poised and controlled manner. No retaliation, no revenge, no getting even, no sneaky hurting of those you think intended to harm you, no games, no deception, no rigid attitudes. You loaned something to someone and they did not return it or pay you back! What could you have expected? In any loan situation there is always the possibility of not getting repaid. Why would this be a surprise to you. Have kids? Now there is an almost endless source of problems. Did you expect them to clean up their rooms??? Do you not understand kids? Grandparents have their favorite saying, 'grand children are the grandparents revenge on their own children!!' Think about it.
If someone treats you badly then you should not take your anger out on someone else. If your life is in the dumps, don't make yourself feel better by attacking others - especially your family or those closest to you. Spouses should always be the strongest ally, not a convenient punching bag.
We always look to God for help, but God also looks to us to practice what we preach and certainly what we ask of Him. If we refuse to forgive, then we have sin in our hearts, therefore we are out of fellowship and out of sync with God. No confession, no change of attitude, no forgiveness. Confession is not enough in itself, but a change of attitude is necessary in order to prevent a continuation of a chain reaction of sins. You may confess one sin but you may be guilty of many more sins which come in rapid fire as you are dealing with people. So don't get caught in that trap. Certainly it is sometimes easier to continue in your tirade, yelling and screaming as you are angry, but you really need to stop and think through just what you are trying to accomplish. God has forgiven us all of many more times the violations against Him than any of us could possibly have had against ourselves. So where is our right to take actions against anyone, in anger or such?
Remember that eternity is your destiny, and your preparation for eternity is here and now. Eternity is a very long time, and our preparation time here is a very short time. So wasting time on pettiness is the wrong thing to do. And pettiness is exactly what all sins really are.
Look around you and learn about the world. Know what to expect from people. Study your Bible daily and know what God expects, then apply it to your life. Be smart, not dumb about life. Use common sense and don't be superficial and shallow.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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