Who Is at Your Table?

Did you see yesterday’s post? We talked about getting high. As Sam would say, Check it.

At one time, in all of our lives, we feel like we have been wronged. Everyone has that moment where they feel like someone has done something bad to them. Or, sometimes we even see someone doing something wrong. They’re not alone though.

It is hard to admit, but when you take a step back we see that we all have the, “Holier than Thou” feeling – as if we have never done any wrong ourselves. Especially around the holidays, we really need to step back and think if we are holding something against someone that we feel was wrong. And it may have been wrong, but we need to change our perspective to ask ourselves if we are hating the sin or the sinner.

12 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
– Matthew 6:12-15

Matthew 6:12-13
Most of us can say verses 12 and 13 from the Lord’s Prayer, but have we really thought about what it is saying? Verse 12 says forgive us of our debts as we forgive our debtors, but do we really forgive our debtors? This seems like an agreement between us and God saying that if God forgives humanity then humanity will forgive each other, but you’ll see later that this is not a situation where a deal is made. However, we do ask God to lead us from temptation and protect us from evil, which we honestly need Him to do daily.

Matthew 6:14-15
These are the main verses I wanted to touch on. These verse remind us that God forgave us of a debt much greater than we could pay, and to hold grudges against our fellow humans is madness in comparison. It is not saying that we have to forgive everyone to be saved, but, as follower of Christ, we should be quick to forgive.

But, often around this time of the year we have multiple family members and friends left out of activities because of their mistakes. These verses show us exactly why this is wrong and shows us that God is very much against it. First of all, their sins, in general, are between them and God. God is God because he forgives and forgets and has the power to wash away that sin. So why should we linger on another person’s wrong doings?

He also forgives those who ask for forgiveness. And he also commands us to forgive those who have wronged us. We need to realize that God is God, and we are not and never will be God. We need to stop trying to be “holier” than everyone else and realize they’re sinners and can be or are saved by grace just like anyone else.

So, tomorrow, take a step back and ask who is missing from the table because of something you haven’t forgiven. God loves them the same as you and keeping them from being with people that love and care for them is just wrong. Holidays are about family and friends, but without forgiveness from God, there would be no reason for holidays. So this holiday season, forgive as you’re forgiven and love as you’re loved.

-Cade C. Gibson
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