“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”
1 John 3:16
In Matthew 18:21-33, Jesus tells an interesting parable about a man who owed his master ten thousand talents but could not afford to pay.
He was forgiven of his debt. However, shortly after that merciful encounter, he came across someone who owed him a hundred pence, and could also not afford to pay.
Instead of showing the person who owed him the same grace he had received, the unforgiving servant put him in prison.
Reading this, the unforgiving servant might seem like such a terrible person.
You couldn’t possibly be so wicked! But when you are being unforgiving, you’re doing just that.
Out of the riches of God’s grace and mercy, He forgave you before you were even born. You must treat others with the same grace.
1 Peter 1:22 says: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:”
Colossians 3:13 says: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Ephesians 4:32 reiterates something very similar. It says “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
You must realize that the revelation of grace is not only revealed in God’s response to your shortcomings towards Him but in your response to your neighbour’s shortcoming towards you.
God forgave you, you must walk in forgiveness towards others. This must be your conviction: ‘I am not unforgiving, I forgive just as Christ forgave me.’