Forgive to be forgiven.
July 18, 2007 5:22am CST
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:14-15). Have you any experience to testify the above words in the Bible? Are you in the habbit of forgiving others for some fault they committed to you? In doing so did these Biblical words inspire or influence you?
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29 Jul 07
I am from Nigeria and the way people look at all Nigerians is just unfair, but I don't blame them anyway, because of what other Nigerians have done. At times I feel mocked the way how Nigerians are looked and it affect me because when they get to know am a Nigerian, they'll take me to be thesame as others. Thanks so much friend. You have been so encouraging. It will be hard for me leaving mylot because of people like you. Do have a nice day.
31 Jul 07
Thanks for the comment. But I don't find any reason to think that Nigerians are bad. Everycountry has it's own bad people, and good people. How can we hate somebody for their nationality. We find fault with a person not because of his nationality but by his deeds. No need for you to feel moked. You keep your dignity and self respect. All the best thefuture.
28 Jul 07
Yes friend. I always forgive those who offend me and I also make like living a kind of life that will glorify God. Some people find it so difficult to forgive their brothers which is very bad, because we are humans and we can die at any time without forgiving our brothers and sisters and it will lead us to loosing our souls. Sorry I wasn't able to respond to this discussion because I wasn't having enough time to do so. Thanks and have a nice day.
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
19 Jul 07
Forgiving...it is divine. All of us at some point of time in our lives knowingly or otherwise commit errors or sins. An err done straight to you is often unforgettable and deserve no forgiveness at the outset. On a mature thinking level isn't it fair to forgive the sinner , for life for all us is very brief and short .
19 Jul 07
Yes you are right. It is clearly given in the Bible. Remember the parable of the servent who was merciless to his debtors while he himself was a debtor to his master and asked for his mercy. Your attitude to forgive without asking for forgiveness is the correct thing to do. Thank you gberlin for your response.
18 Jul 07
I do believe that if one forgives someone, one will be more easily forgiven should he make mistakes. This is because when one forgives, one is more open and acceptable of other people and their faults. This makes one more loveable and there is less tension and hatred.
19 Jul 07
Yes, what you say is logically true. Some may think that the forgiving habbit of a person is because of cowardice, on the contrary only a brave person can forgive the tresspasses of others. This Biblical verse demands us to be a forgiving person. Thank you whyaskq for the response.
18 Jul 07
Oh, I was a bit shock, lol^^, or just a bit unaware quite of the fact though Indians are Christians or Roman Catholic, or just Christian, and I am very happy to know that, very much, I think our Heavenly Father always forgives us for all our committed faults, but as you stated or as the Bible stated, it is a bit contrary t what I am used to, the fact that our Heavenly Father always forgive even though we sometime or always don't give very much attention onto Him, I think the matter of forgiving is very hard at first especially if you are to forgive someone whom you know has committed really bad and big sin, but as you get used to it, or as you read the Bible and know the words of wisdom, words of God, you will learn and accept the wrongdoings of people and take it on the other side or view it differently - for instance instead of being mad at him what you will just do is understand him fully and try not to be overcame by anger and try to explain to him what he did is right or wrong in a very nice manner that no hard feelings with each other will be produced. As a mater of fact am amidst of or just beginning to read the Bible but when forgiving other people I just take it this way - I also commit mistakes and faults, we are all humans and not God, for us not to give them forgiveness, **just read again the Biblical words and compare it to my last state, see it is a bit contrary to it that even you don't forgive other people still He forgive your trespasses, or I just mistakenly understand it again, thanks, !!^^
19 Jul 07
Indians are not Christians, but there is a small Christian community here. In our state of Kerala Christians are a prominent section of the society with nearly 30% of the population. It is stated in the verse that if you forgive others on their tresspasses, the heavenly father will also forgive you of your tresspasses. As per Bible all your sins will be forgived if you believe in the sacrifice of Jesus, the only begotten son of God and pray for forgiveness in His name. That is you have to repend and ask for forgiveness. But if you are in the habbit of forgiving others tresspasses then forgiveness of your tresspasses come as a matter of right from God. So I think there is no contradiction there. As you said forgiving is not so easy when the tresspass is serious and affected you badly. But the words from the Bible demand us to forgive and promise forgivness of our sins by God. Jesus while on the cross prayed to the heavenly father to forgive the deeds of the people who crucified him, because they were ignorent of what they were doing. This should be the model for us. When we forgive somebody's wrong doing towards us we feel a lightness in mind. Tensions in connection with the particular incident will be eased, and we experience immence joy that we have forgiven. Thank you rockingmom for your response.