Ephesians 4:32 KJV — And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Colossians 3:13 KJV — Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
It’s not the easiest thing to give, but it is one of the most important.
For those who are called by Christ’s name, it is a command.
We must forgive others.
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Matthew 18:22-35 NKJV
Nothing compares to the forgiveness we have from God.
If He can grant us such incredible forgiveness, we should forgive those who have wronged us.
And it’s across the board forgiveness, we don’t get to pick and choose who and what we will forgive.
Jesus’s words make it clear, that our souls will suffer if we refuse to forgive others.
Choosing not to forgive is planting the poisonous infectious seed of bitterness.
This Christmas, let us examine our hearts, and resolve to give the gift of forgiveness wherever it is required, for so Christ forgave us.
That is why He came, to pay the price of our sin, so we can receive eternal life.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your forgiveness. Lord, please help me never to cheapen Your precious gift by refusing to pass it on. Lord, there are others who have suffered far more than I, and their example of forgiveness is inspiring. Please examine my heart and help me to see if there’s any place where I am bitter, unforgiving, or choosing to hold someone guilty of something. Lord, You are the One who sees and knows all. I trust You to handle the judgement of others. I choose to relinquish all things unto You. Lord, help me to always look first to You and then to my fellow human. Please help me to choose forgiveness in all cases. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.