Forgiveness

Relationship issues are on the increase these days. There are clashes, wars and brutal killings demonstrating hatred among people. Family ties, the strongest of relationships, are also deteriorating. Everyone wants to get even with those who have offended them. It gets worse between communities. Peace negotiations and treaties between communities can only remain on paper because nobody is  willing to forgive the other.

Unforgiveness could turn out to be a health hazard. The Lord Jesus taught us to forgive others, even our enemies. The Bible says that God forgives any sinner who admits his sinfulness and reaches out to God for mercy. Those who have received forgiveness from God should be willing to forgive others. Jesus illustrated this through the story of an unforgiving servant recorded in Matthew 18.

A servant who owed a huge amount pleaded for mercy and his master cancelled his debt. He could never have paid back that amount during his life time. Even though he had received such mercy he was unwilling to forgive someone who owed him a meagre amount. He took legal action against that debtor. This made the master very angry. He summoned the servant and gave him what he deserved.

It may not be easy to forgive someone who has hurt you very deeply. But that is what we are commanded to do. Jesus was responding to Peter’s question as He narrated the above story recorded in Matthew 18.

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Mt.18:21 NLT)

God in His mercy has cancelled our debt. We have received the forgiveness of our sins. We need to forgive others as well. Is there someone who has offended you? Are you keeping that score
and waiting for a chance to repay? May be you are bitter towards that person even though you are not planning to take revenge. Why not forgive that person today, deliber.ately and consciously.

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