Why should we forgive others?
True love is forgiving: God loves me so He forgives me for missing His goal (aka sin) for my life. Jesus paid the penalty for me. Colossians 1:14 says that in God’s beloved Son “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Now that is huge news. It deserves a “news alert”.
The Amplified Bible translates the last phrase like this: “the forgiveness of our sins and the cancellation of sins’ penalty.”
Translated: “Master Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”
Our Messiah humbled himself and died for all of us, I pray the Jesus Prayer. God is in a good mood. God’s plan through Jesus has redeemed, restored me and healed me.
I have missed God’s goal for my life (aka sin). This is a big deal. It is not to be ignored.
And so … mercy is required. I need forgiveness.
I thankful that Jesus died for me. I am thankful that God loved me so much He sent His only Son to die for me. I am thankful that God did not want to condemn us but wanted to save us. And save us He did.
Jesus continues the Manifesto. Jesus is teaching us how to pray. After the model prayer, Jesus emphasizes the importance of forgiveness. It starts with me. I must forgive. I must show mercy.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. | Matthew 6:14-15
Friendship is an amazing experience. It also can be a fragile relationship. Are we looking at the good in our friend or are we seeing what they “aren’t doing”?
I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Why didn’t they remember my birthday? Why didn’t they call me? Why did they say I was fat? Yikes, the list of “offences” is endless.
I need to get over it. Jesus offers us a way out through His Holy Spirit. Jesus shows us how to love. Jesus shows us how to forgive. That, my friends, is good news.
I need to learn how to hold my tongue.
Easier said than done some days. Someone says something and off I go.
I regret it.
God’s wisdom teaches me to pause. I should forgive what they say. I should forget what they say.
Many times we forgive but we don’t forget. If we can forget it, we are truly liberated and free. The good news is we are new creations in Jesus. Jesus sets us free to forgive and forget.
His wisdom teaches me to pause.
God’s goal for me is that I know how to hold my tongue.
Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget. ~King Solomon | Proverbs 19:11
Jesus’ mission from God our Father was to bring forgiveness to the world. On the cross, Jesus accomplished the mission. Hanging on the cross, he was mocked by the religious leaders and the Roman soldiers.
They gambled to see who would get his clothes. His Holy attitude was they didn’t know what they were doing by killing him.
And they didn’t. And neither do we most days. Our missing God’s goal (aka sin) for our life put Him on that cross.
Jesus is all about forgiveness. He knows love like no other. God is in a good mood.
“Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” ~~Jesus on the cross Luke 23:34 | (The Message Bible)
Forgiveness in the Bible is a “release” or a “dismissal” of something. The forgiveness I have in the Messiah involves the release of sinners like me from God’s just penalty and the complete dismissal of all charges against me.
- Consider this from the Apostle Paul. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in the Messiah Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in the Messiah Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1).
- Colossians 1:14 says that in God’s beloved Son “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” The Amplified Bible translates the last phrase like this: “the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty].”
- God’s gracious forgiveness of our sin is to be the measure of our gracious forgiveness of others.
Jesus the Messiah’s ministry of forgiveness was foretold. God has a plan. God executes it in His son Jesus. Jesus paid the penalty for me. Amazing!
- But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Master appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” | Matthew 1:20–21
- Now here is some good news! The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! | John 1:29