Daily Word #27: Forgiveness Part 2: Forgiving Each Other
As mentioned yesterday, Jesus taught us on several occasions the importance of forgiveness.
He commanded us to forgive our brother no matter what they have done to us or how many times in a day they have done us wrong. (Luke 17.3-4) He also taught, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28). And Jesus took the ultimate sacrifice for or forgiveness when he died on the cross for our sins as he prayed to God the Father, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 6:23:34a).
The truth is God knows us and knows all of our sins. It was only through the love that God had for us, that God in Christ forgave us, even though we did not deserve it (Rom 3:10-12). We were “children of wrath, like the rest of mankind,” (Eph 2:3), but God loved us and made the first move (2 Tim 2:25; 1 John 4:19).
So since God forgave us in Christ, so we must forgive others in Christ. And as it was done in love and we must forgive others in love.