Christ gave us an example in communicating with God when he gave us what is now called the Lord's prayer.
There are a lot of interesting aspects we could examine but let's focus on this concept of forgiving.
Jesus indicated that forgiveness was received as it was given. In other words you must give it before you will receive.
Matt 6: 14-15 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. (KJV)
In the Lord's prayer Jesus said "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Simply put it is communicating to God that we expect forgiveness as we forgive others.
This may not be in the exact intent of the thousands who recite this prayer every week who are holding grudges against their brothers and sisters – but it was clearly the intent of Christ.
There is something that occurs when we forgive. I do not know just how to phrase it but it frees one's spirit. As long as you hold something against someone – you're bound. That unforgiving restrictions you . It breaks down your relationship with God.
When Christ brave that sample prayer He taught forgiveness. More importantly He lived it.
Remember His words on the cross? "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do".
Even though the deed was not done – forgiveness was extended by the Lord's prayer for His murderers. It's really amazing to consider Christ living from the perspective of forgiving.
The purpose of the Christ life was to bring humanity back to God. The way back is through forgiveness. His whole life was about that.
You and I have no possibility of communicating with God until we are forgiven. Once that barrier is gone we are free. God is free. Communication may ensue.
It's no mistake that Jesus referenced this in the sample prayer he cave. It's a key piece to communication with God. By teaching His disciples that prayer Jesus was driving home the significance and importance of living to forgive.
That means it's so much a part of you that you forgive before the deed is done. There is no need to choose to forgive – it's how you live.
Not too many of us are there yet. Most of us spend way to much time figuring out how someone has done us wrong. If we give that up and live like Jesus we do not need to waste our time in that line of thought. Forgiving becomes inherent in our nature as it was in the Christ.
As we move and live in justification we find clear communication with God, peace in our hearts and wholeness in our souls.