“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 turned 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 from your heart.” Matthew 18: 32-35
The more we understand God, the easier it is to forgive!! How can we not when God has shown us His Great Love? When He forgives us daily for all our transgressions? Are we really better than the next person? No!! It only takes one sin to make us imperfect, only one sin to keep us out of Paradise, only one sin to break our relationship with God, only one!! Only through Christ are we forgiven for ALL of our sins, they are ALL bad!!
We can forgive because He has forgiven us! Easily said, but easily done? What about forgiving…
…someone who bad-mouths you all the time?
…someone who is abusing/using you?
…someone who is cheating/lying to you?
…someone who gets on your last nerve?
When we decide not to forgive we are becoming judge and jury (we decide they are guilty and deserve our punishment) and we are taking God off the throne! Do we want that responsibility?
Our Heavenly King, our sin separates us from You! We are unable to THANK YOU ENOUGH for Your great gift of Forgiveness!! May we use Your example to treat others the same! How could we not Father?
Even when others hurt our feelings, help us to be the person who shows them Your Love!! Help us to let You be the One in control! Let us leave it in Your Hands!