This week we are talking about forgiveness. Just as Jesus forgave us our sins, we too must forgive people their trespasses. First lets look at some scriptures.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
If you won’t even forgive the waiter who got your order wrong, or the guy who took your favorite seat in church, then should we expect God to forgive us for such greater sins than these? There is a saying that should apply here: “forgive and forget.” Simply saying we forgive someone is the easy part, but you have to mean it too, and how do we do that? Just forgive and forget, wipe the slate clean just like Jesus did for you.
But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
Again we see this multiple times in God’s Word. If you want to be forgiven, then forgive, I’d say that’s a fair trade.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
Now here Jesus is simply telling Peter to forgive people A LOT, not just 490 times as the sum of 70 x 7. Then if you are counting how many times you have forgiven someone then you probably never forgave them in the first place.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus told us the greatest commandment is love. To love God and to love your neighbor. Holding unforgiveness in your heart prevents you from showing love towards your neighbor. Before we can love our neighbor we must first put our pride aside and forgive them for whatever wrongs they have done, no matter how hard it may be. Our Heavenly Father forgave us and gave the ultimate sacrifice of love for us, and if we are followers of Christ we should do likewise.
Are you holding any grudges?