A personal and reoccurring theme in my walk with the Lord has been giving and forgiving as I press toward the mark. One solid truth is that you can never give nor forgive too much. Do you see how the two words are linked?
The obvious point is that the root word of give is in both forgive and give. Fortunately, I had the wonderful blessing of sitting under the ministry of Pastor Jack Hayford and his staff at The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California.
If you want to take a deep dive into learning more about giving and forgiving, read Pastor Jack’s book, The Key to Everything (Charisma Media).
Recently as I was praying the Lord’s prayer, I stopped and realized that these two power keys are linked in the prayer:
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
Matthew 6:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
I am convinced the giving and forgiving are absolutely linked. You can’t have one without the other. We ask for our daily bread—provision, and from that provision we give back our tithes and offerings. Likewise, we ask forgiveness and recognize our debt to forgive others. Not some of the time, but all of the time. Hearkening back to my Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared, I like to step into each day fully prepared to give and forgive. It helps me press toward the mark.
Jerry Lenz / July 1, 2016 / Mighty Sound Kids ©2016 Lenz Entertainment Group