Jesus is the model of forgiveness. Our precious savior lived a sinless life yet He was falsely condemned to suffer a sinners death for our place, and inquired to His Father to forgive us before He purposely died on the cross our us. How wonderful is our savior! As born again believers, based on His works, we ARE forgiven! By grace and our faith in Him we are saved!!!
How precious are Jesus' words on the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing". How precious are our words when we say, "Father, forgive me of my sin" when we sin against God. How precious are our words when we say, "_ _ _ _ _ (persons name), forgive me for sinning against you". When we do this, were acting as Christians, followers and imitators of Jesus. How awesome is that!
To forgive and receive forgiveness benefits us! We receive a release, humility, healing, teaching and growth in Christ. Best yet, 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" and were forgiven by God!
As we received this grace, let us also make it easy for others who ask for forgiveness from us when they sinned. Instead of revenge, let us give grace to others as we have received from Christ and be quick to forgive, forget and bless. And when we go to others and ask for forgiveness, and they don't forgive, you have done your righteous part. Peacefully leave, pray and bless this person without offense. They will remember your gesture, knowing the ball is in their court.
I truly hope you were blessed!
Love you in Christ,
Pastor Terry Hilgen