28 JUL

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

THE RIGHT STUFF (3)

Matthew 6:12

 
So far so good with our trip through the Lord’s Prayer. We remind ourselves that God is our Father and He wants what is best for us – cue lots of warm fuzzy feelings! We think about being dependent on our Father God as He serves up warm daily bread. And today we think about speaking well of the people who have crushed and stamped on our hearts.
 
Sorry, run that last one by us again, Jesus? Surely you mean lets pray for that grand piano in the sky to come crashing down on our enemies, right? Surely there’s a typo in your words, ‘Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors’? We can live with the first bit – we’ve run up enormous debts against God, but He forgives us. But what’s that about me forgiving that vermin who’s ruined my life? Are you serious?!
 
Jesus majors on extending mercy to those who don’t deserve it. After all, where would the like of us be if God held a grudge? So Jesus wants us to practice letting go of our grudges. There is no resentment in heaven and God wants us to start living like that now on earth.
 
What now?
 
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive the person who has wronged you. If you’re feeling even braver, ask God to doubly bless them – that really is Jesus stuff!

‘…Forgive us…as we forgive...’ Matthew 6:12 NKJ

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