Isn’t it incredible to think about the AMAZING GRACE given to us by God because He loves us so much? That even though we are all far from perfect, that even though we are all sinners – that at any time you look at your life and realize you’re doing it all wrong, you can ask for His forgiveness, and He WILL forgive you?
Did you know that when you truly repent, He will take your sins and throw them into the depths of the sea, and He WILL NOT remember them? Why? Because love doesn’t keep track of wrongs. And God loves us so much that He sent His son, The Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, to die for us all, so that we can all have the opportunity to share in His Kingdom – and all of its blessings.
Something to think about…
do you extend this same forgiveness to your brothers and sisters who sin against you?
Remember the parable to the unforgiving servant…
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
“At this, the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger, his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
It is easy to forgive people when we like them, and when they are truly sorry. Other times, people will wrong you terribly -and they won’t be sorry. They may slander you, rob you of your happiness, rob you of your trust, rob you of your peace. These offenses may even come from people who are supposed to love you the most.
These are the times when forgiveness is NOT so easy…but these are times when the seekers of the Kingdom ARE INDEED SET APART.
Even when someone doesn’t ask. Even when someone doesn’t seem sorry. Even if the offense is so grievous that trust may never be regained, release your burden and extend forgiveness.
Anger and grudges are like cancer that spread through our body and soul. Every pain inflicted on you is a representation of pain the inflictor is suffering himself/herself. When you hold onto this negative energy, you are holding yourself prisoner and giving the enemy a foothold.
Learn a lesson from the parable of the unforgiving servant. Our Heavenly Father will forgive us anything, so long as we too forgive others.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
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.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you
Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].
1 Corinthians 10:13