Pastor Caleb Pagley
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. - Matthew 6:14-15
Today, Pastor Caleb Pagley challenges that Jesus’ teaching is a compelling statement—not a request, but a command! We have to get this right because unforgiveness in any form separates us from God.
True forgiveness is not about forgetting, but letting go of the pain and hurt that comes when people make mistakes or do things to hurt us. Jesus is asking us to let go of the hurt because He understands that it can be destructive to us if we don’t.
The goal in Life of Christ is for us to live a life of freedom, keeping company with Jesus, walking with Him, and maintaining a healthy relationship with Him. However, when we refuse to forgive others, it’s like hitting the “pause” button in our relationship with God.
Question: Is there anybody in your life—whether currently or in your past—who, when you think of them, you think negatively about, or you even now feel pain? What if Jesus refused to forgive you for the things you’ve done? What if we forgive people the way that Jesus has forgiven us?
Family Chat: Do you have any friends who have hurt you, but you haven't forgiven them yet?
Take Action: Choose forgiveness towards others today, even speaking aloud, “Jesus, just like You choose to forgive me, I choose to forgive [name the person] for [state the reason], and Jesus, I release them to Your hands. I invite You to heal the pain in my heart from this.”
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