“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16 ESV
When we look at the cross, we should see a message to believe and an example to emulate. Yesterday, we looked at the salvation message through the lavish forgiveness God poured out on us. Today, we’ll take a look at how it should play a role in our christian walk.
In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asked Jesus the number of times he is supposed to forgive a brother who offends him. Peter’s estimation was that after the seventh offence, he was permitted to not forgive his brother but Jesus gave a shocking response: 70 times seven times!
Now, this is not for us to keep score and choose to be unforgiving after a person offends us the 490th time. Jesus’ reference here is the frequency with which we are to forgive others.
Jesus went further in that chapter from verse 23, to tell a story of a king who lavishly forgave his servant a great debt, one the servant could never pay. As grateful as the servant was for his debt being written off, he could not extend this same grace to his colleague who owed him much less.
Let’s see what he did:
“But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.” Matthew 18:28-30
A hundred denarii was next to nothing compared to what the king forgave him yet this servant would not let his colleague go.
Dear believer, this should not be your disposition. You have been forgiven much, therefore, you should forgive much. On the cross, Jesus didn’t need to think about forgiving us. Even in His suffering, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
God expects you to forgive people with ease. The divine design is that as you celebrate the life of Christ in us, you live out the same by forgiving others. In our anchor scripture, John compared how you should respond to God’s saving grace.
“By this we know love, that He laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16 ESV
Resolve to be like Jesus today by being liberal with your forgiveness. It might seem difficult but it’s possible by the spirit of God on your inside.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 3:1-19, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Psalm 78:40-72, Joshua 18-19.