At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, 0 Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. —Matthew 11:25
Forgive wicked offenses so that you can receive a royal pardon for your own offenses. The greater the wrongs you forgive, the greater the pardon you will receive. Therefore, we have been told to say, “Forgive us, as we forgive.” This teaches us that the measure of our forgiveness begins with us. As a result, the degree to which we benefit from the enemy’s attacks is proportionate to their severity. So then, let us eagerly seek reconciliation with those who have hurt us, whether or not they were right. …Christ tells us to go to those who provoke us. He said, “Forgive your debtors in order that your Father may also forgive your trespasses.” Christ didn’t offer us a small reward, but an exceedingly great one. So then, reflecting on all of this, considering the reward, and remembering that wiping away sins doesn’t take much work and passion, let us forgive those who have wronged us.
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