Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Owen on forgiving others

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

    [Jesus:] For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
    —Matthew 6:14,15 (NIV)

    Our forgiving of others will not procure forgiveness for ourselves; but our not forgiving others proves that we ourselves are not forgiven.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), An Exposition upon Psalm CXXX [1668], in Works of John Owen, v. VI, New York: R. Carter & Bros., 1851, p. 497 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Implant a spirit of forgiveness within me, Lord.

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