“Who are you to judge another’s servant?  To his own master he stands or fails.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.”  [ Romans 14:4 -NKJ]

I’m always struck by the word ‘forgive’.  It comes to me this way—for…give!  The great gift of God like every gift we receive from His hand is only activated in power when we use it.  Like a new credit card that must be activated by your signature before you can reap its benefits, kept unsigned under lock and key it’s useless!  To whatever measure you risk using it you are allowing yourself to be responsible for the debt incurred, the difference being of course that Christ has already borne the wrong done by you or to you—When we use the forgiveness God has already given us to for…give…we reap the benefits.

Matthew, in recording a section of the Lord’s Prayer,  “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,”  used the word aphiemi for forgive.  It means to send away.  This is the same word used in Luke 4:39 when Jesus rebuked the fever in Peter’s mother-in-law.  That is the kind of forgiveness Psalm 103:12 describes as God removing our transgressions “as far as the East is from the West.”

Why the emphasis on forgiveness?  It’s the only way the people of God can know true and lasting freedom.  A freedom that lives in the joy that’s unspeakable and full of glory even when the winds blow, the tide appears to be against you, your friends forsake you and you stand alone–you are one with Him through forgiveness.

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