The Forgiveness principle

Forgiveness: the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.

The Bible states that when someone hurts us, we are under an obligation to God to forgive that person. Jesus is very clear on this point:

Matthew 6:14-15
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 18:35
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

1. This verse Matthew 18:35 is a warning about the penalty for not forgiving others.

1 Corinthians 11:30-32
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

2. All of a born again Christian’s sins are forgiven and forgotten forever.
Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

3. This parable illustrates the Christian duty to forgive others.

II Corinthians 2:10
10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

If our forgiveness should be in direct proportion to the incredible amount that we have been forgiven, then we must always be willing to forgive.

Matthew 18:22
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Total forgiveness, regardless of the depth and kind of offense, is divine in nature, not human. God, in His grace, provided forgiveness over sin that no one else could ever pay for. The contrast here is that any offense against us is paltry and doesn’t compare to what God has forgiven us.

Folks, the divine design of forgiveness is both God’s model and command for us to forgive others if we are to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a bridge you and I dare not to burn (don’t burn your bridges) because we have to pass over it. To forgive and let the offender go is to release ourselves from what would only devour us and eat us alive. “LET IT GO!”

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