[Jesus said,] “When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
It’s tempting to blame others when life doesn’t work the way we want it to. Whether it’s our parents, kids, spouse, siblings, or other family members, we often hold them responsible for holding us back. Sometimes we may pin blame on our supervisor, coworkers, or employees. Many times, these other people in our lives may have offended, injured, or hurt us in some way—that’s how they ended up in the bull’s-eye of our blame circle.
But Jesus reminds us over and over again that there’s a direct correlation between how we handle the offenses of others and how we handle God’s grace. If we’re not willing to forgive others—let alone quit blaming them for our responses—we’re not able to embrace the grace of God. It’s not that he withholds it from us based on our unwillingness to forgive; it wouldn’t be grace if that were the case.
It’s simply that when we experience the fullness of God’s forgiveness in our lives, we’re eager to forgive others. Real grace is always contagious.
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Pray: “Lord, I’m overwhelmed by the way you love me and forgive my sins. Remind me of your mercy as I encounter those who sin against me today.”