“And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended or wronged us]. And lead us not into temptation [but rescue us from evil].” (Luke 11: 4, Amplified Bible)
Forgiveness is a key to freedom. To forgive others and to feel forgiven ourselves is a liberty that is heaven. It is what Jesus wanted us to feel and to know. He was always leading his followers to an awareness of the kingdom of harmonious being at hand.
To consciously forgive and to seek to be forgiven, puts us in that rightful place to feel the healing presence of peace. We can recognize and claim that Love that is always at the ready to expel the resentments toward others and ourselves. If we look for forgiveness within our personal sense of things, we may find it difficult to really gain it. But, as we turn to God, to divine Love itself, we can begin to feel the Love that isn’t judging circumstances or behavior, that isn’t about victims and villains, but it always seeing truly.
The Truth is that we are all children. Yes, we do need to learn and grow and discover, but we are, at our core and in God’s eyes, His own children, loving and beloved. It is what we are and who we want to be. Forgiving others and allowing ourselves to receive the ready forgiveness of divine Truth, releases us from any false identity. We can give up the burden of fear, hatred, lingering in the past and losing today. We can become who we truly were meant to be, and this is empowering and peaceful.
And God helps us with this, as this prayer reminds us. He leads us and rescues us from the temptation to continue in sin—straying from our essence, from the Love that we are and that we have to share.
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