Daily Word #26: Forgiveness Part 1: More Important For The Forgiver Than The Forgiven
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) But why is forgiveness so important to the forgiver than it is for the one being forgiven?
We all have relationships with others, whether family, friends or the cashiers at our local supermarket. We can agree that we all know what it feels like either, be forgiven, to forgive someone or not to be forgiven by someone. Many times in our lives we encounter situations where someone may be hurt or receive some injustice and forgiveness is required. I certainly can tell you from experience that un-forgiveness does not feel good. It feels like walking with a ball and chain, weighing down on a person making them feel as they will never be forgiven. If you think it’s okay to live without forgiving someone or being forgiven, picture living with your spouse or working for an employer, who refuses to forgive you for something. It is not going to make your life easy.
In some cases, people believe that not even God can forgive them. They may think their sin may be so large or so bad that God simply just won't forgive. But, wasn't Jesus’ payment enough?” In other cases, people hold on to unforgiveness, justifying it by believing that whatever someone has done to them is too much to forgive. But, “Do you realize that Jesus died for us while we were still ungodly, wicked sinners, who were enemies of God?” (Romans 5:6-10) God has forgiven us infinitely more than we could ever think and we should forgive as he taught us, and also learn to accept forgiveness…even from God. Un-forgiveness ties us to the past which impacts our future.
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