Our prosperity may not seem to increase as it should, because our giving is connected to our forgiving. The scripture tells us to deal with anyone who has something against us before we bring our gifts to the altar. Whenever the Holy Spirit reminds us of an offense, we must forgive before we give. It’s not just financial; it’s giving of ourselves, our time, talents and love. To forgive means to let go of a debt that is owed to us; to be forgiven is the cancellation of a debt we owe. What someone owes to us, or what we owe to someone, has to be handled in our hearts.
Sometimes it’s easier for people to forgive others than to forgive themselves. They do things that are harmful to themselves because deep inside they feel they should be punished. They keep trying to pay a debt they think they owe because of a wrongdoing. They also may do all they can to show a family member how sorry they are for what they did that was hurtful to them in the past. They give love, time or talents, not cheerfully because of the love of God in their heart, but to somehow make up for past failures.
The only way to let go of what we think we owe, is by receiving the forgiveness, love and acceptance of God more and more each day. We are givers and forgivers because we are believers. A believer is a receiver. We receive what we don’t deserve. Our sins have been forgiven. By grace we walk, moment by moment. We give because we love. We love because we are so loved by God. We are completely forgiven. We walk in that glorious truth and grace, from glory to glory!
Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”