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Thursday, August 17, 2000

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Ezekiel 12:1-12
Psalm 78:56-59, 61-62
Matthew 18:21—19:1

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the miracles of forgiveness

"My heavenly Father will treat you in exactly the same way unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart." —Matthew 18:35

We must forgive:

  • everyone for every sin (see Mt 6:12),
  • 70 x 7 (Mt 18:22),
  • immediately (Mt 5:23-25),
  • enemies (see Mt 5:39ff),
  • those who apologize (Lk 17:4) and those who don't,
  • those who keep sinning against us (Lk 23:34), and
  • from our hearts (Mt 18:35).

Obviously, it is humanly impossible to forgive by God's standards. "To err is human; to forgive is divine." Yet we must forgive, or we will not be forgiven (Mt 6:14-15). We are in an impossible situation. We need the Savior. We need Jesus. He is divine, and He will immediately give us His divine power to forgive.

By Jesus' grace, decide to forgive all for every sin committed against you. Verbally state your decision. Say: "By the power of Jesus, I decide to forgive (name) for (sin)." Now, like the father of the prodigal son, show love and mercy to those whom you are forgiving (see Lk 15:20ff). Receive the miracle of forgiveness immediately.

Prayer:  Father, make me a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18). Show me what You mean by this.

Promise:  "I canceled your entire debt when you pleaded with me. Should you not have dealt mercifully with your fellow servant, as I dealt with you?" —Mt 18:32-33

Praise:  Closely following Jesus, Alison, in her heart, forgave the murderer of her daughter.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our booklet, The Book on Forgiveness, our leaflet, Unforgiveness is The Cause, and our leaflet, Novena of Mary, the Mother of Forgiveness.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, March 8, 2000

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 9, 2000