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Embracing Forgiveness – A Daily Devotion

Scripture: Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

As we meditate on the words of Jesus found in Matthew 6:14-15, we are reminded of the profound importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in our lives. Lord, teach us to embrace the transformative power of forgiveness, both receiving it from You and extending it to others.

Forgiveness, Lord, is at the heart of Your gospel message. You demonstrated Your boundless love and mercy by sending Your Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, offering us forgiveness and reconciliation with You. Help us to fully grasp the depth of Your forgiveness, that we may extend it to others as we have received it from You.

Father, we acknowledge that forgiveness is not always easy. When we have been wronged or hurt by others, our natural inclination may be to hold onto bitterness and resentment. But Your Word calls us to a different way – a way of grace and mercy. Help us, Lord, to release the grip of unforgiveness from our hearts, choosing instead to forgive as You have forgiven us.

Lord, we recognize that forgiveness does not excuse the wrongdoing or erase the pain caused by others. Rather, it frees us from the bondage of bitterness and opens the door to healing and reconciliation. Grant us the courage to initiate reconciliation where possible, seeking to restore broken relationships and bridge divides.

Father, as we extend forgiveness to others, may we experience the freedom and peace that comes from obedience to Your Word. Help us to forgive not just once, but continually, as You have forgiven us. And may the love and mercy we receive from You overflow into our relationships with others, becoming a beacon of Your grace in a broken and hurting world.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Is there anyone in my life whom I need to forgive? How can I release bitterness and extend grace to them?
  2. In what ways have I experienced the transformative power of forgiveness in my own life?
  3. How can I actively pursue reconciliation in relationships where there is brokenness or strife?