Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins,
Acts 13:38 WEB
Forgive if you hope to be forgiven. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged. I know it’s easier said than done, hence why we say we’re “trying to be more like Jesus”, than saying, “I’m just like Jesus”. We’re all works in progress. That doesn’t mean that we can’t try to forgive. Let’s work on it. Take the first steps. Even if it’s, at first, forgiveness for something said, in whole or part.
What do you think?
We could also look at it from another perspective:
I mean, what if God held grudges? What if He partially forgave us and then punished us for what He hadn’t forgiven, how would you feel about that?
Heck, a lot of folks think they’re being punished now, so the concepts aren’t that farfetched. But isn’t that an easy way out? Isn’t it a bigger struggle to consider the hypocrisy and weakness of our inability to forgive others, although our Creator quickly forgives us, and continues to love and protect us?
The mirror is before us. How do we want to live? How do we want God to see us? How do we want to see ourselves? What kind of relationship do we want to have with God? Should we not give what we desire most? Should it not be at the speed and depth that we too would desire?
Ponder that and then decide how you will proceed through life, starting today.
Father, as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others You smile upon me. I know that You forgive me of my sins without hesitation, and You expect the same of me.
I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life and future. But, I can forgive them, and I can forgive myself. I can refrain from holding grudges and stewing in the grievances of past offenses. I can start thriving and stop wallowing in shame and misery. I can focus on my victories and stop obsessing over my losses.