Day 3: The Lord’s Prayer

Day 3: The Lord’s Prayer

“Forgive us our trespasses as we
Forgive those who trespass against us.”
—Matthew 6:12
Jesus must have known that conflict among His beloved would be inevitable. Matthew 6:12 is quite pregnant with meaning.
We need forgiveness
When I screw up and it hurts someone, I want to apologize quickly … most of the time. When I delay that apology, amends or both, I delay my blessing, i.e., a clean heart and clear conscience.
More importantly, when someone sins against me, I am mandated to forgive. We are forgiven AS WE FORGIVE. It’s right there in black and white, or red.
When I’m wrapped in His love for me
So let me slide on my slippers. They are warm and cozy comfortable. I don’t have any popsicle toes because I’m protected by my slippers. Cold floor? No sweat. I got slippers between me and that frigid floor.
Doesn’t forgiveness work the same way? It not only feels good to be forgiven but it feels equally good to forgive. There’s a warmth inside that envelops me. I am shielded from the fiery arrows of resentment, hate and immaturity. When I run across a completely clueless idiot who does or says something ugly, I simply don my forgiveness “slippers” and keep movin’ forward. No need to let a little speed bump hinder my day.
Points to Ponder
Who are you holding in unforgiveness? How does it feel to be unforgiven? What is holding you back from forgiveness, receiving or giving?

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