Today we meditate upon God’s Word concerning forgiveness.
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. (Mt 18:21-22 NIV)
The Lord is telling us that we must practice forgiveness, and grow so accustomed to it that it becomes habitual. Does that surprise you? But that is the way that God forgives each and every one of us! Whenever we repent of any sin, whether small or large, God faithfully forgives us.
Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Lk 17:3-4 NKJV)
Again, we understand that forgiveness is something that all who follow Jesus Christ must do without grudging.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Mt 6:14-15 NKJV)
Now, we see that it can even be self-serving to forgive other people, because God’s Word says that if we forgive other people’s sins that God also forgives our sins. Thank God!
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (Mk 11:25 NKJV)
This verse encourages us to forgive anyone who has injured us.
Of course, it requires the grace of God for us to be able to forgive someone who has betrayed us, wounded us emotionally, or injured us physically. All we need to do is to ask the Lord to give us His grace to be able to forgive. And He will.
When we give it all to God and know that God sees all of the hurts that we have endured and that He stands with us, empowering us to forgive, we find that we have the grace that we need to do what God has asked us to do. And never forget that He blesses our obedience to His Word. God bless you.