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Victory Over Strongholds

Take seriously Jesus’s words on generous forgiveness; it is not a suggestion, it is a command

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of Unforgiveness – Part I

Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

Key Verse: Matthew 6:15
But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins”.

Forgiveness is a major theme in the New Testament. Forgiveness is the reason for what God did for us through His Son Jesus Christ.

Jesus’s death on the cross was about us and our sins, not the sinless Jesus. God took the sacrifice of Jesus in place of what we deserve. God forgives us of all our sins, not because we deserve it but because of His unmerited favor, His grace!

Once we realize this wonderful truth, it is easy to understand that God simply wants us to pass this wonderful gift of forgiveness to those who offend us. The New Testament emphasizes over and over this idea of living in a continuous state of forgiving others.

Today’s Scripture Reading gives an example of this emphasis on forgiveness.

The Apostle Peter asked Jesus about the number of times we should forgive someone. Peter knew the importance of forgiveness but needed clarification on how generous to be when dealing with a repeat offender. Before Jesus could answer Peter’s question, Peter quickly added that he thought seven times was a good number. Jesus did not hesitate to increase the number to seventy times seven. Jesus was saying that there should be no end to our forgiveness.

Before we go any further about how generous to be with forgiveness, remember that forgiveness is not the same thing as letting people continue to take advantage of you. If you are dealing with a “repeat offender”, you can forgive them, but you need not allow them to continue their abuse. Forgiveness means that you do not hold them accountable for past offenses, but you can take measures to prevent future abuse.

Forgiveness does not mean that a relationship with an offender must never change. We can truly forgive a person but end the relationship with them. This kind of drastic decision usually comes after the offender has proven they do not intend to change their bad behavior.

Believers must take seriously Jesus’s words on generous forgiveness. It is more than a suggestion; it is a command.

Father, help me to quickly forgive those around me who offend me in any way. I praise You for your generous forgiveness of my sins and failures. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.