Discovering Self-Awareness Through Life Changing Christian Principles
AN INTERPRETATION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER part 7B
Published February 11, 2018
Continued from part 7A
We must extend forgiveness to everyone, or else our own claim to forgiveness is in jeopardy. Who in their right mind, could demand cancellation of their own faults, yet condemn another for a similar fault?Here we are trapped in an inescapable situation because we can’t demand our own release before we have released our brother or sister from condemnation!
Jesus has revealed and shared the most powerful spiritual lesson here. Forgiveness is the entryway to Heaven! We must forgive everyone who has ever hurt us if we want to be forgiven ourselves. We have to let go of all resentments toward others, and also refrain from self-condemnation. We must also accept God’s forgiveness of our own mistakes and His forgiveness of others, without reservation.
We have got to forgive others instantly, as soon as we see our own negative reaction to their words or deeds. Without for-giveness (which means to give first), there can be no spiritual progress!
Everyone at some time has suffered the pain of being hurt, injured, deceived, or worse, and has fallen into the default mindset of, hating the “hurter”, for our injury. But there is no real victory in turning our tormentor into our victim. As long as we savor your thoughts of revenge, and relive the memories of our festering wounds, we will never have peace in our life. Setting others free releases us from resentment, which is a form of attachment. It takes two to make a prisoner; a jailer and a prisoner. To hold resentment (hatred), in any form against another, binds us to them in a corrupting way. That violates God’s Nature and Purpose!
The Lord’s Prayer makes our own forgiveness from God, the escape we need from guilt and the shadow of death. His Grace behooves us to share our undeserved forgiveness with all others. We first need only the willingness to forgive others. This comes after a sincere desire to see ourselves as we truly are, or as God sees us. When we realize that we have been forgiven the wrongs we have done, (those we are aware of and those we were not), we want to share God’s Grace freely with all.