So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”  Matthew 18:35

Here is certainly strong language! How can the believer read such a verse and not see to it that he has a forgiving spirit?

The apostle Paul teaches the same truth. He says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted [corresponding with his heart in the verse above], forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).

And John: “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15).

Thus, a forgiving spirit is essential. In fact, it is the positive fruit of one born of God. In another place, it is given as the condition for prevailing prayer.

O Lord, cultivate in me the same forgiving spirit You have shown me.


According to Your Word