Luke 11:4 “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.”
1. Forgive Others
Some people desire God’s forgiveness, but they themselves won’t forgive others. If you want God to forgive you, then you must be willing to forgive those who have wronged you. It is easy to harbour bitterness against those who hurt us.
There are people who will always be mean, unkind, unthankful, and ready to call your good evil. Nevertheless, you must be ready by God’s grace to pity those that persecute you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: vs 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
a. Instead of backbiting, we must bless them.
Romans 12:14 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”
b. Instead of paying back, we must pray for them.
Luke 6:28 “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
You may ask, “How many times do I forgive them”? A better question to ask is, “How many times do you desire God to forgive you”?
Matthew 8:21-22 “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
This is a good verse to remember when it is easy for you to forgive but hard to forget.
2. Be restored ~ Luke 11:4 “And forgive us our sins;”
a. Keep short accounts with God.
Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
b. Confess all known sin to God.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”