“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” – Colossians 3:13
The Bible text above gives a clear instruction as well as the justification for forgiveness.
When we recall that all our sins have been forgiven and blotted out, that should propel us to forgive others also.
The psalmist wrote prophetically in Psalms 85:2 saying, “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin.”
Dear friends, this is where we presently stand- completely forgiven! We ought to extend this grace to others.
Let us examine an interesting conversation in Matthew 18:21-22.
“Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
Can anyone actually offend us seventy-seven times in a day? I guess not. Even if you tried counting, you’ll probably get tired. Why should one do so in the first place? It takes a level of pettiness to engage in such an endeavour.
Jesus’ response implied that no matter the number of times someone offends us, our nature is to forgive.
Jesus not only taught on forgiveness as recorded in the Gospels, He also exemplified it with His life. Right there on the cross, He forgave all that the Roman soldiers did to Him.
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
– Luke 23:34
For Jesus, forgiveness was instantaneous. This should also be our attitude regardless of the gravity of the offence.
Do not gloss over this fact by thinking Jesus was a superman so he could do that easily. He was a man like you here on earth and felt pain.
The impact of the beating and humiliation was very real to Him, yet He forgave.
This in no way encourages wrong doing but makes room for peace and growth amongst us as brethren.
So as not to give place to the devil, we should guard our hearts against offence.
Although this is rarely spoken of, not forgiving also has adverse effects on our health over a period of time.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
– Ephesians 4:32
Friends, hold no grudges against one another. Forgive and let go, for your sake and because you have already been forgiven of so much.