|“As you approach the Throne of Grace, don’t think in terms of what you want, but what best serves the interests of God. Your best will always flow from this.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:12
When a defendant stands before the magistrate in a criminal court, he can approach the bench in one of two ways. He can argue that his rights have been violated, that the case of the prosecution is unfounded, and in pleading the justice of the court ask that the case be dismissed. His other option is to acknowledge his guilt and plead the mercy of the court.
When you ask for forgiveness or mercy, you acknowledge guilt; people only need forgiveness when they have done wrong. The believer approaches the tribunal of God freely acknowledging his guilt, pleading His mercy on the merit of Christ’s substitutionary death. God’s willingness to forgive the sinner by satisfying justice through the death of Christ is the ground of salvation. The Cross answers the question, “How can a just God forgive sin?”
Our Lord then makes tour willingness to forgive others a condition for being forgiven. He taught His disciples to pray, “Forgive me my sin in the same way that I forgive the sins of others.”20 In His parable on forgiveness, as the Savior ends with wrath being poured out on the unforgiving servant, He solemnly warns, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also to you, if you from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”21 Your compassion, even when the offender refuses to repent, is the litmus whereby you can have assurance that you have been forgiven by God.
Your readiness to forgive is essential for a life of love and ministry. If you cannot forgive because of hurt inflicted by others, you will be unwilling to be vulnerable for fear of being hurt again. Because people are sinners, you cannot love and you cannot minister without getting hurt.
20 cf. Matthew 6:9-15
Genesis 36-38 Matthew 10:21-42 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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