Todays reading is from Matthew 6:14-15  (NIV)

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.

Forgiveness can be most difficult. Holding it back has the power to damage and destroy, and releasing it has the power to restore and bring life. If you believe in Jesus Christ, you have received His forgiveness for your sins. There is nothing we can do apart from Jesus that can make right how we have hurt God. All of us were at one time "dead in our transgressions". Believing in Christ, we have been made alive, and the new design of our hearts is to be permeated with the same forgiveness that was extended to us. The gospel message commands forgiveness.

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