One of the hardest and most powerful commands of Jesus from the New Testament is forgiveness. For many of us, forgiveness is something that we know God provides for us, but it gets messy when we try to step into reconciliation and forgiveness in our relationships.
In Matthew 18, we see Jesus command forgiveness and give His disciples a picture of what forgiveness looks like through a parable. It requires forgiveness from us for others while also challenging us to remember how God has forgiven us.
Read through Matthew 18:21-35
To forgive, we must receive God’s forgiveness. Sometimes we need to begin building bridges with those who have wronged us by seeking forgiveness through repenting of how we have hurt them. Forgiveness can build bridges, heal wounds, and restore brokenness through God’s spirit. Reflect and pray through these questions
- Have you seen forgiveness and repentance restore relationships that were once broken?
- How has God forgiven you?
- Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive?
- Is there an area of your life where you need to repent sin to someone you have wronged and seek forgiveness from them?
- Thank God for His forgiveness for you; receive His forgiveness with open hands.
- Ask God to show you where you might need to forgive someone in your life.
- If someone comes to mind, ask God to give you the humility to forgive those who have wronged you.
- Ask God to reveal to you where you might need to repent and seek forgiveness from someone you have wronged.
- If someone comes to mind, ask God to give you the boldness and humility to repent of your sin and seek forgiveness from that person.