KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:32.And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Once again the Holy Spirit reveals a truth which had not been brought to the fore when the Lord was with His disciples.
In Mark 11:25 the Lord said the following to his disciples “And when ye stand praying forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses“. In this instance the Lord links our ability to be given forgiveness to us forgiving others. A similar statement was made when the Lord taught the disciples a sample prayer in Matthew 6:12 “And forgive our debt, as we forgive our debtors”.The Lord taught these things before he went to the cross for us.
Apostle Paul through insight gained from the Holy Spirit, after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, taught that, now we must forgive because Christ has already forgiven us.This is the grace of God. God calls on us to forgive all who hurt us because we have already been forgiven in Jesus. This gives us an opportunity to consider how much God has loved us. Dear child of God what price did the Lord pay for us to be acceptable before the Father? He sacrificed His life so we could be acceptable before the Father. Is there any sacrifice dearer than this? This truth leaves us with no stronger reason why we should not forgive our offenders.
The Lord once taught that we would always have people offending us. (Luke 17:1) We must forgive all those who offend us. There are a number of people who are hurting because of what their loved ones might have done to them. Many homes are under deep stress because of offences. Our key scripture shows us that Jesus despite our offences against him gave his life for us. Just consider what 2nd Corinthians 5:19 says”To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their (sins) trespasses unto them…..” God allowed our Lord Jesus to die for our sins and now he is not counting our sins against us. If he does not count our sins against us, why count your wife’s offences against her, why count your husband’s offences against him? What about your friend, your neighbour or even your mother or father?
What happens if we fail to forgive? We grieve the Holy Spirit and we allow devils to torment us. Ephesians 4:30, Matthew 18:34. Do not refuse to forgive for it is too expensive not to.
Christ sacrificed His life to forgive me all my sins, I would also forgive everyone who offends me no matter the gravity of it. I have the ability to forgive.
Ephesians 4:30-31. “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”
Matthew 18:33-34 ” Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him”.