14 “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. 15 But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.”
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Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.
- Is God’s forgiveness of us conditional on our forgiveness of others?
- Read Matthew 18:21-35. In verse 22 Jesus exhorts Peter to forgive not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Is this a literal command or is Christ telling Peter something else?
- How have you been forgiven by someone recently? Does this instance inspire you to forgive or does it make you feel obligated?
- Read the preceding passage (the model prayer). Verse 12 begs personal forgiveness from God as we ourselves forgive those around us, and is immediately followed by a request for God to keep us from temptation. Weber’s New American Commentary on Matthew states, “If the preceding request for forgiveness is curative spiritual medicine, then this request is the preventative medicine.” What can we expect to come if we practice forgiveness as we have been forgiven?
- How might forgiveness and God’s protection be linked?
- What are you holding on to and whom do you need to forgive?
 Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, p. 83). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.