“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:37 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Luke 6:37 (MSG) — “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.
Luke 6:37 (NLT) — “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:37 (NIV) — “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
On this day I ask myself, how hard is it to forgive those who trespass against us? Why is it that sometimes it is so difficult to practice forgiveness? Think for a moment on the way God has forgiven and shown mercy toward us. When we were stranded in a world of evil and filth, remember how God’s grace reached out to us and He had mercy on us and forgave us! Ephesians 2:1 tells us, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” God us freed us from that situation, where we were literally found dead in our sins.
Recognizing our sad condition before coming to know the Lord. He now requires us to do the same, ““For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15). The Lord’s answer to us when we are offended or hurt by our neighbor is easy, forgive! No other road, no choice, you just have to forgive. We must forgive the same way that He forgave us, unconditionally and sincere!
The consequences of failing to show mercy and forgiveness to those who sin against us are very grave and serious, in the end we will not be forgiven by Him! It is for this reason that when we draw near to the Lord in prayer, it’s important not only to receive forgiveness from God, but we must also forgive others, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins”(Mark 11:25). We must ask ourselves, are we willing to forgive no matter how hard it may be? Let us choose to do so, it is the best decision we can make today!
Matthew 6:14–15 (NKJV) — “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 11:4 (NKJV) — Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ’ ”
Matthew 5:7 (NKJV) — Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Mark 11:25 (NKJV) — And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ”
Colossians 3:13 (NKJV) — Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.