“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. This is hard; …how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night, ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it means to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves.”
~C. S. Lewis
Mathew 6: 7-15(ESV)
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
God the Spirit has been impressing on my heart and mind the need to forgive and to seek forgiveness from others. This has been brought to the forefront of my mind through reading God’s word and a Woman’s Bible Study I’ve been attending ~ Seeking Him (Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival). It is hard but oh so rewarding to follow through with those God has put on my heart to seek forgiveness from. I hope with God’s help to change patterns of thought and behaviour that take me down those roads of grumbling and bitterness (that is sin) and causes division in relationships. You need to give this some good thought and prayer. Ask God to reveal to you anyone you need to forgive and anyone you need to seek forgiveness from. Give yourself a few days to ponder this and keep in prayer over it. You might be surprised to find that you are harboring some bitterness that needs to be dealt with.