'Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us' (Matthew 6:12 NLT). God is holy. When we enter His presence, we soon realise we are not. Glossing over our mini-mistakes and little lapses might work in our own heads, but won't get us anywhere with the God known as Righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30). Best be straight with Him: God isn't waiting to rap you on the knuckles. He's waiting to restore you. To give you back your dignity. But He can't sort the problem if you're denying it. Tell it straight and He'll straighten you out. Guaranteed.
There is a catch, though. You can't get God's forgiveness if you won't forgive others. Dad likes His house in order. He's not impressed with backbiting children holding grudges against one another. If you want a clear mind, you'd better clear it with others too. 'If you forgive men... your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not... your Father will not forgive your sins' (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV).
This is as much for our benefit as for others. Carrying around a collection of hurts and insults is crippling. There is freedom for us when we let go. Somebody once said, 'Forgiveness is letting go of the other man's throat.' But it is also letting go of our own throats.
So what now? How about spending time owning up to God? Think of those people you've been grumbling/brooding about. Decide to fully, completely, overflowingly forgive them. If this seems hard, work it through with God's help. Ask Him to help empower your will to work towards forgiveness, however long it takes.
Soulfood : Rom 9:17-11:36, Jn 10:22-42, Ps 83:9-18, Prov 29:23-27