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Thank you Bertie, and it's good to be back, of course. I want you to turn with me to our portion tonight to read Matthew 6, although this is a very comprehensive subject we're looking at tonight - I've entitled it 'Forgiveness, The Key To Deliverance '.
So we will read first of all the portion, Matthew 6 - and you know it well, you hardly even need to read it, you could recite it. It's what we have come to know as 'The Lord's Prayer', which is actually the disciples' prayer.
Many people find themselves in what I would call 'the prison of unforgiveness' We're beginning to read at verse 9 of Matthew 6. The Lord Jesus is speaking: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Now I want us just to pray now, and I know Bertie has just prayed, but I want us to pray specifically as we come to this subject of forgiveness, that the Lord might come and minister to your heart. I want you to come at the very outset of our meeting and ask God to reveal to you, to bring to your mind, anyone you need to forgive.
We're not playing about here tonight, we're getting serious with the word of God, and with our fellowship with our Heavenly Father - so it's vital that we, right from the very beginning, are real.
So let's come and address the Lord in this vein, and ask Him that He will uncover the secrets of our hearts, maybe even things that we have forgotten about or we're not even aware of, subconscious things that He needs to bring to the surface in order that we deal with them.
So let us pray together: Father, we come to You as the all-knowing One. Lord, we cannot hide anything from You, and even the things that we don't know ourselves, You're aware of. Everything is open in Your sight.
Lord, we just come to You, and in the words of the Psalmist we say: If there are those whom we must forgive in order to experience the key to deliverance, Lord, we pray tonight that You will make it very clear to us, that You will reveal by the power and the illumination of the Holy Spirit who these people are, and that we might experience great emancipation in our lives tonight, through the power of the Spirit, through forgiveness.
For Christ's sake we pray these things, Amen. One of these divine laws of blessing is this: Many people find themselves in what I would call 'the prison of unforgiveness'. I don't know whether you've considered this great subject throughout the Scriptures, but it's a very, very important one, particularly for those who are partakers of the New Covenant - you and me - in Christ.
Now there are many laws in God's universe that He has established. There are natural laws and spiritual laws. Now, of course, we know in our own society and culture that there are man-made laws, and you can break man-made laws without consequence. If you break the speed limit and you don't get caught, well, it's without consequence.
But though you can get away with breaking man-made laws, you cannot get away with breaking God's laws.
For instance, in the natural realm take the law of gravity - what goes up must come down.The Greatest Example Of Forgiveness But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
- Matthew Sometimes the lesson of forgiveness can only be obtained through being the recipient of someone not being willing to forgive you. Nancy, Thanks for your comments and your response to my ideas.
I agree with you completely. Reconciliation and forgiveness are not the same but often confused, especially in the Anabaptist tradition I grew up in.
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