Should we be kinder, and more mercy full than God Himself ?
I mean should we forgive more readily those who trespass against us, than Yahweh does forgive us when we trespass against Him ?
In the « Lord’s » prayer, Yahshua/Jesus says:
RNKJV Matthew 6:9-13
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amein.
We should ask our Father to forgive us. (In our prayers).
We should forgive our debtors in the same equal manner as our Father forgives us.
Since when we pray, we should ask our Father to forgive us, as we do in verse 12, likewise, our debtors should ask for our forgiveness, if we are to forgive them.
Sounds fair ?
We are light years away from the widely common understanding of this passage of the Scriptures, held by the majority of « wimp » Christians that would make it mandatory for us to forgive all our enemies, unconditionally regardless of the fact that they ask us for forgiveness, or not.
If people sincerely ask us to forgive them, (and repent of their admitted wrong doing), we are to forgive them, and likewise, if we ask our Father in Heaven to forgive us (and repent of our sin), He is faithful to His promise and will forgive us.
Yahweh Himself is requiring that we ask for pardon.
If we should forgive people who don’t even ask us for it, wouldn’t that make us « nicer » than God ?
Is the mercy of God too conditional, and not good enough ?