I was talking with Esmeralda recently, and I brought up a couple of examples of where Jesus talks about forgiveness, and particularly, their placement within the context where it was mentioned.
For some reason this just occurred to me as I was thinking about The Lord’s Prayer.
He mentions forgiveness immediately after he sayd ‘Give us this Day our Daily Bread’, and further mentions it after the Lord’s Prayer.
Two of the most famous, often quoted quotes from the Bible are The Lord’s Prayer, and parts from Mark 11.
Something i just noticed about them both is how immediately after Jesus offers prayers for asking for our needs or desires, He immediately talks about forgiveness afterwards.
In the Lord’s Prayer, here is what i am referring to, in Matthew 6:11-6:12:
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Then, after The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus continues on with this point:
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Then there is something similar in Mark 11:24-11:26:
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
It is interesting how this correlation seems to be made between asking for anything you desire, and your daily bread, which some say is basically the same thing, and then immediately recommending forgiveness.
So there must be a correlation between the two.
This also lead me to look into the definition, according to The Bible, or trespasses.
I found this from Matthew 5:21-5:26:
21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
I think there is a bit of a definition in there.
This quote from the 46th Psalm crosses my mind from time to time, and I like to ponder its meaning.
On the surface, it seems to mean to remain calm, be at peace, in a meditative state, and just trust God.
But the more I dig in to different religious and spiritual ideas and study them, I ponder if the meaning of this is towards oneself, as in realizing how we are created in the image of God.
These two pieces of scripture add to this concept that crosses my mind:
John 10:34: Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
Psalm 82:6: I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
These make me wonder if this is an inward knowing, essentially saying to oneself ‘I am God’.
The more I ponder that, and study scripture etc., the more I lean towards that meaning of it, which I think would really change the meaning of it for many people, although at the same time, that is almost considered a radical concept in the mainstream, so maybe others do perceive that as the meaning, but also have the wisdom to keep it to themselves.
Then I wonder about the Be Still part. I have been wrestling with some anxieties in my life lately, and have been thinking about this, and wondering if it means to literally be still. in my case, it could mean stop taking certain actions out of fear and anxiety, trying to fix your situation.
You could also interpret as ‘stillness of mind’, or peace of mind.
Anyways, I am glad we started this website, since I know this crosses my mind from time to time, and it will be nice to have this post here so I can look back on it.